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    Terrible Teens?

    Part 1 of 3 Teenagers are unpredictable, temperamental, impulsive, sexually confused, insecure, defiant, and exceedingly needy beings who require more patience than their two-year-old counterparts. Compile all these words into one and I would say, teenagers are tricky.

    Being that I am on my third teenager, this stage should be easy. I should have all the answers; I should have this down pat, able to maneuver around the land mines that come with raising teenagers. But here’s the first thing I have learned: no two children are alike and no two children can be raised exactly the same way.

    My first two children were relatively easy teenagers. My oldest, a boy, was the easiest which was such a treat since he was the most difficult between the ages of about 5 to 13 (and also when he had colic as a newborn). I shudder at the memory of the tantrums and meltdowns he seemed to have on a daily basis due in part to his ADHD. There were times when I wondered if I would lose my sanity and there was always that fear that I would do something to hurt him in the process of trying to control his raging outbursts. But, I survived and so did he, both of us growing through the process and gaining a better understanding of his needs. My second child, a daughter, was, and still is, a people pleaser. Although she was hypersensitive as a baby, never allowing me to put her down, and had her share of meltdowns, she tended to listen and follow rules making it easy to impart my husband’s and my wisdom and expectations without resistance. As a teenager, her struggles were more with friends and school than with her parents. So, when the third child became a teenager, my husband and I were ill-prepared for what we would encounter and endure (and we are not done yet).

    My third child was an amazingly easy baby. She rarely cried except if she was hungry or her diaper needed changing. My husband would often comment that if he didn’t know better, he wouldn’t know there was a baby in the house. I would tote my little bundle everywhere, even to school when I would volunteer, and she would sit happily in the stroller and almost never make a peep. I was so thrilled to have finally gotten my easy baby. But through the years, she became more difficult. Like my son, I considered her a strong-willed child who pushed the boundaries we had placed around her. But nothing could have prepared us for the teenage years.

    When my third child was in fourth grade, she complained of being bullied by another girl. The school didn’t seem to do anything about it, even after a number of other parents complained that their children were also being bullied by the same girl. I made a decision to take her out of that school and have her start a new school at the beginning of fifth grade. Little did I know that there was another bully, a boy, at this new school who quickly latched on to my daughter. At first, my daughter didn’t say anything about it but by sixth grade, it was taking a toll on her. Eventually, this boy bully and some of his friends messaged her on Instagram (she didn’t have a phone and I had no idea they could message on Instagram through their iPods). The boys encouraged her to kill herself, backing her into a “virtual” corner. Of course, there are two ways you can endure being abused: you can take it until you’re trampled to death, or you can fight back which is exactly what my daughter did. The fighting back only bit her in the ass and got her and the boys in trouble (which in retrospect I wish I would have fought). This bullying along with sexual #Abuse at the hands of a trusted friend changed my charismatic, sweet, funny, and talented daughter into a shell of a girl who, as a teen, struggles to get through every day without giving up. Because she was unable to control what happened to her in middle school, she is resistant to rules, authority figures, boundaries to keep her safe, and anything that takes the control away from her. My husband and I were not prepared to deal with such adverse behavior creating even more friction and mayhem at home. It lead to my daughter being hospitalized four times, attending partial hospitalization and out-patient programs, getting treatment from therapists and psychiatrists, doing neurofeedback therapy, and spending 37 days in a residential facility all in the hopes of getting her stabilized. When none of our attempts to help her worked, my husband and I needed to re-evaluate how we were going to raise her.

    As I’ve indicated, and as some of you already know, raising teens is difficult. But when you have a teen who has suffered severe #Trauma and struggles with incapacitating #Depression , there are so many ad

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    Megan Glosson

    Types of Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder

    I have spent nearly 1,000 hours in therapy since I first received a borderline personality disorder (BPD) diagnosis nearly five years ago. Although it has by no means been a walk in the park every single week, I have reached a point in my life where I no longer meet the criteria for BPD and feel (mostly) satisfied with my day-to-day routines. Like many people who receive a borderline personality disorder diagnosis after a hospitalization, I was given the contact information for local dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) treatment facilities and therapists trained in this modality who may be able to help. What I didn’t realize at the time was that DBT isn’t the only option out there for people like me. In fact, there are a total of five different types of therapy that all have a proven success record with borderline patients. 1. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based therapeutic modality designed specifically for individuals with borderline personality disorder. Psychologist Marsha Linehan designed DBT in the 1980s. Linehan, who spent years researching clients with extreme emotion dysregulation and suicidal urges, felt like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) caused these clients to experience burnout, lack of motivation, and invalidation. So, she combined some of the aspects of CBT with the ideas of acceptance and mindfulness practice to create a modality that was more fitting for this clientele. Fully-adherent DBT includes weekly individual therapy sessions, weekly skills group education sessions, and phone coaching between sessions. A full course of DBT takes around six months to complete, and clients are encouraged to complete two cycles to master the skills for mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal communication. 2. Mentalization-Based Therapy (MBT) Mentalization-based therapy is another evidence-based practice created specifically for people with borderline personality disorder. It’s highly beneficial for people who experienced early childhood trauma that caused abandonment issues or people with insecure attachments to one or both of their parents. The modality borrows some techniques from other common types of therapy, including cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, social-ecological and systemic therapies. However, the main focus of this specific modality is to enhance each person’s ability to differentiate between their own emotional state and the emotional state of those around them. This concept is called mentalization, and it is something that many people with BPD struggle with. By learning how to separate your own emotions from others, you can regulate your emotions more effectively and spend less time trapped in a dysregulated state. Like DBT, people who enroll in MBT with a therapist typically attend weekly individual sessions as well as weekly group sessions. Unlike DBT, though, members in groups often interact with each other to offer advice and learn from one another. 3. Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (TFP) Transference-focused psychotherapy (TFP) is a specific type of psychoanalytic treatment in which the focus is on the relationship between the therapist and the individual client. The idea is that by focusing on the interpersonal dynamics that occur between the therapist and the client, the therapist can gain insight that will help the client improve. According to therapists who use TFP, most people develop BPD because of dysfunctional relationships with parents and other caregivers during early childhood. For people who live with borderline personality disorder, TFP is used to uncover the underlying causes of a person’s borderline symptoms so they can build new, healthier thought processes and behaviors. 4. Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving (STEPPS) Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving (STEPPS) is a manual-based, 20-week group therapy program designed specifically for people with borderline personality disorder. Like dialectical behavior therapy, STEPPS combines cognitive behavioral elements and skills training in a group setting. The skills group programs meet once per week for two hours each session. The groups are typically led by a pair of therapists, and the groups are kept fairly small, with around six to 10 participants at a time. Within STEPPS, individuals learn how to identify automatic thoughts through schema work, monitor their symptoms, and how to problem solve situations in healthy manners. STEPPS also teaches the importance of self-care, and how to better manage overwhelming emotions. Although it has not gained as much recognition as other therapeutic modalities for people with BPD, it is still an evidence-based approach with studies that show its success. 5. Trauma Treatment Studies show that people with borderline personality disorder are 13 times more likely to have experienced early childhood trauma. Because of the strong links to trauma, many clinicians have started using trauma treatment with BPD clients to see if processing the trauma helps lower emotional intensity and other symptoms. In fact, some preliminary studies show trauma work as a viable option for people who have BPD and a trauma history. There are several notable types of trauma treatment that work well for people with borderline personality disorder who also have a history of trauma. Some trauma treatment methods that may work include eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR), skills training in affective and interpersonal regulation (STAIR), and cognitive processing therapy (CPT). While each approach is a little different, they are all methods of processing trauma, which can help decrease symptoms over time. Like most other mental health conditions, treatment options for people with borderline personality disorder shouldn’t be a “one size fits all” approach. However, many people with BPD don’t realize just how many viable treatment options exist for them, and instead they give up when one recommended method doesn’t work. If you are looking for a path to recovery from borderline personality disorder, I hope this list gives you some options to pursue. Recovery from BPD is possible —  it’s just a matter of finding the treatment method and lifestyle that works for you.

    Charlie Carr

    How EVV Is Violating Privacy Rights and Costing Taxpayers Billions

    Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) is a system of tracking personal care services such as in-home care that are funded by Medicaid. EVV smartphone apps are designed to verify a care worker’s identity and the date, time, and location where personal care services were provided. EVV apps utilize GPS, biometrics, and/or other invasive technologies, and have been widely criticized by the disability community for their violations of privacy and how they impede the independence and freedom of movement of people who receive personal care supports. One of the primary motivations behind including Electronic Visit Verification in the 21st-Century Cures Act was based on the myth that there’s rampant fraud in the personal care services program nationally. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in 2016 projected that $290 million would be saved over 10 years if EVV was included in the bill and this projected savings was a “pay for.” It has been widely reported that the EVV industry was lobbying for its inclusion with the position that EVV was the best way to stop fraud, waste, and abuse in personal care services (PCS). It’s more than a coincidence that it would also launch a requirement to purchase and maintain their software in practically every state. Despite national disability and privacy organizations vigorously protesting EVV, the bill passed and included it. However, the law simply requires that location is one of the data elements that need to be gathered and reported by states. It doesn’t specify or mention the use of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) or biometrics like facial or voice recognition. It was CMS that required GPS through guidance. The EVV industry was already selling their monitoring systems of personal care services workers to state Medicaid agencies with the promise that they would meet CMS guidance and, if used, would be complying and not trigger Federal Medicaid Assistance Percentage (FMAP) penalties imposed by the legislation for non-compliant states. Disability rights advocates, unions, state Medicaid agencies, disability trade organizations, personal care services workers, and many more affected people were stunned. In the case of California’s IHSS program, the largest self-directed (the disabled person is the employer, not an agency) program in the country with 400,000 disabled personal care services consumer employers who were successfully using a web-based portal reporting system prior to Cures, it meant that the state had to discontinue this very effective tool to comply and to not be penalized with cuts in FMAP. Once issued, this CMS guidance forced people with disabilities and their personal care services workers to give up their right to privacy. The EVV industry sells states canned programs that use GPS and biometrics that track the physical location of the workers and by default the people with disabilities who employ them. EVV is one of only two federal programs that track recipients of service; the other is the Bureau of Prisons home confinement program. An unintended consequence has been a severe exacerbation of the personal care services workforce shortage. EVV systems are subject to state modifications and developed to easily incorporate them which has resulted in onerous and unnecessary practices in several states that make it extremely difficult to navigate and use location requirements daily. Some states use “geofencing” that sets boundaries that disabled consumer employers are restricted to outside of the home. If their personal care services worker’s GPS marker is detected beyond the preset boundaries, it triggers an “exception” that then leads to a review process by the state/vendor that often holds up payment to the worker. It’s easy to understand why workers are reluctant to join this workforce, be subject to surveillance, and generally be paid less than fast food chains with no benefits. As EVV continues to go live in the states, an alarming number of problems reported by self-directed PCS consumer employers are arising that undermine their control of their employees and make it practically impossible to recruit qualified workers to meet their needs. Thousands of people with disabilities across the country are being forced to manage their personal care with significantly less assistance than they actually need due to the imposed restrictions and worker shortages caused by EVV. Many are being forced back into nursing homes, which is a civil rights violation under the ADA Olmstead decision. This poor public policy is because of the alleged fraud, waste, and abuse projected in the original EVV section of the 21st-Century Cures Act. In 2022, Applied Self Direction, a non-partisan technical assistance organization, analyzed General Accounting Office (GAO) data reported by the National Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCU) and found that the actual numbers in the self-directed PCS programs are at an annual rate of .0002% of fraud convictions that totals $6,065,610.The federal annual Medicaid expenditures for self-directed programs are approximately $100 billion. The incidence of fraud, waste, and abuse in self-directed PCS is negligible and is far exceeded by the amount of Medicaid HCBS money spent on EVV systems purchases and maintenance. For example, in Texas, from FY 2017 to FY 2021, the state spent just over $1.3 billion to implement EVV. This information was obtained through a FOIA request, and the shocking amount of money spent to date is a bellwether of what has been spent in the 35 other states that have implemented EVV. Suffice it to say, the EVV industry that provides the software, training, and maintenance paid for by Medicaid is thriving and policymakers must address the very clear data that shows the expense of EVV far outweighs any benefits derived. PCS employers and workers and their allies realized that the only way they could beat back the dangerous effects of the 21st Century Cures Act was to push for legislative change in Cures 2.0, filed by Representatives DeGette and Upton in 2021. As a result, section 409 prohibits the use of GPS and biometrics in personal care services. It’s important to understand that PCS includes home care agencies as well as self-directed programs. Home care agencies have been using GPS and biometrics as part of their business model for many years prior to the original 2016 legislation. Agencies that employ PCS workers want to continue monitoring their employees, but the vast majority of self-directed PCS consumer employers do not. The power and influence of the home care industry could kill the EVV protections that self-directed consumer employers have fought hard for over the past five years. Anticipating this, four national organizations led by the National EVV Consumer Employer Coalition and ADvancing States met several times to reach a consensus on compromise legislative language in Cures 2.0 that separated self-directed PCS from home care agencies. The language gives states the flexibility they need to properly implement EVV but prohibits the use of GPS and biometrics in self-directed PCS programs. Thus, agency-based home care would not be subject to this provision and can continue using employee surveillance. The hope is that both groups can work together to forge a good faith relationship that will embrace the compromise legislation and encourage the congressional Energy & Commerce Committee to adopt it. It’s a sensible solution that allows for the protection of privacy and consumer employer choice and hopefully blunts the effects of worker shortages for self-directed programs. The most important outcome that outweighs any differences is that both groups can continue to work together to keep people with disabilities and elders out of nursing homes and living with dignity in the community. The success of not only this bill but future legislation and policies and programs hinges on how well the disability and elder communities and the programs that serve them can find common ground to keep and maintain independent living and aging in place values at the forefront.

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    Extreme loss of motivation

    It’s summer kids are out of school I have them in programs and have activities all for them for this summer.

    For a few months now or at least in this moment while I’m writing this I am exhausted mentally I feel sad all I see on my Facebook etc is weight loss lose weight exercise this has not made me feel better about myself at all

    It has made my inner critic more judgemental where I hate my body also it’s wreaking up my childhood drama from being bullied in middle school.

    Yes I’ve been working with my therapist on this I see my new psychiatrist this Thursday too - my old one left and moved to Florida 🫠

    This sadness and these thoughts have come up daily for weeks now and I’m having a hard time getting them to vacate and get out of this funky funk #Depression

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    Let’s Interrupt the Regularly Scheduled Program… for a Long-Winded-Talk about Our Mind

    <p>Let’s Interrupt the Regularly Scheduled Program… for a Long-Winded-Talk about Our Mind</p>
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    L02

    Episode 1 and I'm already crying #Addiction

    Spoiler warning// Season 3 of Love Victor

    I finally watched the first episode of the final season of Love Victor and by the end of it I was bawling.
    For context, Victor & Benji are dating. Victor finds out Benji is an alcoholic and they talk things out (other issues were going on). Victor accepts this very easily, great! Then they run into a dui checkpoint while Benji is driving. He was drinking before b/c of the stress their relationship problems were causing him. They switch seats to get past the checkpoint and go back to Benji's. Benji comes clean to his dad about relapsing and the next morning Benji is off to rehab with Victor not understanding why.

    This hit so close to home for me b/c growing up I watched my brother walk away from me into so many different programs and sles (sober living environments). I never really understood it till recently. I was so proud of Benji for realizing what he was doing and telling his dad. I was so proud my eyes started watering. And then all of a sudden I wanted to see my brother when the past few months I have been avoiding him. And I started crying.

    Something Victor has yet to learn is that addiction effects everyone around the addict. I am struggling with that every day since my brother has come home. I want I see him as the brother I saw as a little kid again, I miss him so much.

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    2 Steps Forward 6 Steps Backwards

    Do you ever feel like every time you make any progress with your illness/disease you win a little then it knock you so much father back that you will never get back to were you were before?

    So I have FND which means my nerves and brain function abdominally and communicate about as well as toddlers playing the telephone game. Add in a sprinkle of Tourettes Syndrome and Sensory Processeing Disorder, Migraine, Dyskinesia, Dystonia, and we are currently exploring epilepsy. All this results in me being confined to a wheelchair at least 85% of the time and need to be supervised if I am not. Along with eating difficulties, communication problems ect...

    I have to go in for occupational therapy and physical therapy once a year to help me maintain quality of life. Sometimes we add speech or cognitive to spice things up if I need it . All these therapies are great and can act as kinda a filter on how to adapt my life to limitations and give some good ideas on how to make life easier within my limitations my body has placed on me. However it always feels like we make a little progress with them and once I "graduate" out of them (stop making progress usually after a the first 2 months) my body starts to decline again even though I countue to do my home programs (hey I want as much quality of life as I can get I mean I turn 20 in the fall I will take what I can get). This happens with me staring to fall more, my hands start to get weaker, I drop more weight, ect.

    2 steps forward 6 steps back.

    Every time. It seems like I am on this never ending loop of yes some progress. Whap out of no where I get worse ...

    2 steps forward 6 steps back.

    It's like this dance me and my body play. Oh you gonna work to try and get better. Sike now your worse enjoy the new wheels.

    2 steps forward 6 steps back.

    Around and around we continue this dance and we can't seem to figure out why this downward spiral keeps happening. Like I'm not gonna keep fighting for my quality of life but man would I like to stop this dance or at least hit pause for a bit.

    2 steps forward 6 steps back

    It's exhausting. I just moved and my new pcp asked if I had made any progress on getting better and it hit me that no actually I keep getting worse and my symptoms keep getting more debilitating as time goes on. So now we redo all the testing and redo all the things to see if anything has changed...

    2 steps forward 6 steps back.

    Anyway I'm just excused with everything. I'm still gonna try and still gonna give it everything I got which honestly isn't much at this point. Still gonna give it a go. Got to continue this dance in homes that some day it will be 6 steps forward and 2 steps back instead.

    #FunctionalNeurologicalDisorder #ChronicFatigue #ocupationaltherapy #PhysicalTherapy #notmakingprogess

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    Maria
    Maria @mcatullo
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    Losing Social Security Disability Benefits for Crohn's Disease

    At the beginning of 2021, the state retirement and disability program from which I receive benefits notified all of its members that effective January 1, 2022, they would no longer be able to provide members under a certain age with group health insurance. This applied to “regular” retirees and disabled retirees alike. Even though we paid a premium that was deducted from our monthly benefits, the cost to provide health coverage to all of us had become too prohibitive. Instead, we all would have to buy health care plans through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The program also said that in fall 2021, we would be contacted by a benefit counselor who would help us through the transition and assist us with choosing health care plans that could best meet our individual needs. I was terrified. I have Crohn’s disease and specifically applied for these disability benefits because I desperately needed good health insurance. Twenty years ago, I was working for a regional government planning agency. My office manager, who had done some research on my behalf, discovered that after 10 years of service as a public employee of the state, I was eligible to apply for the disability benefits provided by our retirement plan. This was my first job out of college, and unfortunately, during many of those 10 years, my Crohn’s disease was at its most severe. I spent as much time in the hospital as I did at work. My supervisors and coworkers did everything they could to keep me employed, allowing me to work from home for extended periods of time so that I could continue to retain my health insurance coverage. They even made an attempt — albeit unsuccessfully — to donate some of their sick days and vacation time to me. My work situation was becoming untenable. I was only in my early 30s, and I had determined that my actual monthly monetary benefit would be small. Still, I jumped at the chance to have good health insurance without the intense pressure of trying to maintain my employment status. Therefore, when I was approved for health care benefits shortly after I applied, to say I was relieved would have been the understatement of the century. I’ve had Crohn’s disease most of my life. I was finally diagnosed at age 10 after my mom decided to bring me to one of the nation’s top medical facilities — which just so happened to be located about 90 miles away from where I lived in Northeast Ohio. The health insurance provided by my disability plan was a good PPO plan that allowed me to continue to receive my care from all of the specialists who had always been part of my medical team. Although my disease had become quite severe, I had the utmost faith in my doctors. They were not only some of the best in the world, but they also had known me for most of my life. This gave me a strong sense of security and peace of mind because I knew that no matter what might happen, I would have great care. My peace of mind would eventually erode, however, as I discovered that the health care plans offered to me through the Affordable Care Act are not PPOs but are HMOs instead and that there is a big difference between the two types of plans. Neither my specialists nor the hospital where they worked accepted any of the HMOs that were available for me to choose from. I found the same to be true of another well-known hospital that is also located in Northeast Ohio — in close proximity to the one I had been going to. Furthermore, I found that all of the HMOs I could choose from were extremely limited in their coverage geographically. When I searched for any kind of in-network provider, be it a gastroenterologist (GI) or a primary care physician outside (PCP) of a 40-mile radius, I was out of luck. It became disheartening quickly. But outside of finding a full-time job, this health care plan was my only option. After doing some extensive research on gastroenterologists in my area and talking with my doctors, I finally found someone who I felt fairly confident seeing. This particular GI doctor had actually been on staff for a few years at the hospital where I had been receiving my care. Fortunately for me, when he left there, he started a practice close to where I live, and he’s proficient at advanced endoscopic procedures — which is an extremely important need of mine. More importantly, though, he was covered by the majority of the HMOs that were available for me to choose from. In early November 2021, I had a session with a benefits counselor who thought there was a mix-up after talking to me. They called a supervisor and was shocked to learn that the program was indeed cutting off health insurance to its disability retirees because the program could no longer afford it. After about three hours on the phone together, the benefits counselor and I found a health insurance plan that met all of my basic needs for in-network providers — including the new GI doctor, my primary care physician, and my gynecologist. All of my necessities were also covered under the plan. However they were covered at different tiers than before — which meant a co-pay increase — and many of them now required a pre-authorization every eight weeks to every six months. I have come to learn that the pre-authorization process can be time consuming and frustrating. But so far, I have not gone without anything I need. Ultimately, I’m grateful that the ACA exists and that my disability program provided me with the tools to help me choose the best health insurance plan available to me. However, I specifically applied for these benefits because my retirement plan offered them, agreed that I am disabled, and thus agreed that I qualified for the benefits. I’m not a “regular” retiree — I am a disabled retiree. Therefore, I need the kind of health insurance provided by a group plan — a PPO. I need the kind of health insurance that doesn’t limit people from seeing specialists or going to hospitals outside of some arbitrary geographical boundary. I would have hoped by now, 20 years on, that health care in America would have gotten far better for disabled people, not worse. We have come so far over the years and are far more inclusive of disabled people than in the past in so many ways. Health care is so important to us, yet we are so far behind in this regard. Personally, having my options limited to such a degree was an extremely daunting prospect for me. The change in coverage was significant and, although my coverage is sufficient for now, in the future, it may impact the level of care I receive, the medications I am able to afford, and my quality of life. I don’t claim to have the solution to this problem, but it seems to me that something is really wrong when disability programs can no longer afford to provide the level of quality health insurance plans that its recipients truly require.

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    Dissociative Disorders Nonprofit Challenges Mental Health Inequality

    Multiplied By One is a newly registered nonprofit organization for trauma and #dissociativedisorders based out of the Greater Vancouver area, while services are to be offered globally.

    Most knowledge of dissociative disorders is gained from mainstream media; much of which is inaccurate or stigmatizing. The most controversial of this mental health category includes #DissociativeIdentityDisorder ; previously known as Multiple Personalities.

    Dissociation is a normal disconnect that everyone does, such as daydreaming of vacations or forgetting if the door was locked or not. The spectrum of dissociation ranges from a healthy mechanism to more disabling levels that reach disordered and confused states that are often frightening to experience. Depersonalization relates to feeling unreal or like we don’t exist, while derealization is questioning if the world around us is real, or Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is at least two different identity states.

    While founded by Melissa C. Water in March of 2022, Multiplied By One began as a project for social good in the spring of 2020. Melissa concept created a web app for those with DID, which would be a source of inner communication, wellbeing, and connection with therapeutic intervention. This web app is in development by a team of volunteers and will be among the services of the organization.

    “Dissociation is not rare or less significant in impact to other mental health disorders, though it somehow falls under an inequality of representation and services,” Melissa C. Water, who is in Delta, BC, stated. “When seeking aid for myself, the search for a therapist who treats dissociation turned up few results, as most psychologists know only the basics.”

    Programs and services will gradually release, starting in July 2022, which include online virtual support groups, an eMagazine on trauma and dissociation, and later, a helpline for dissociative disorders, while an extensive list of resources is already available.

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    KimGP

    I'm new here!

    Hi, my name is KimGP. I'm here because I recently became aware of some abuse that happened in my childhood. In counseling and 12 step programs, I have dealt with being abused by my alcoholic-narcissistic father and co-dependent un-involved mother. I thought I had dealt with “everything “ years ago, but some recent conversations and memories brought up some new issues to resolve.

    #MightyTogether #Anxiety #Depression #PTSD

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