We are thrilled to be sharing art and writing from the incredibly talented artist, Chameleon Girl Tribe.
Chameleon Girl Tribe share their art on their Instagram here.
"I usually just post fun memes and things to make people laugh. I think life is hard enough so why not spread some joy, but today I am posting a real post. If you want to skip this and enjoy memes - please do. Be kind to yourself.
When we are born, we are born fragmented in different states of being, different parts such as happy baby, sad baby, angry or crying baby.. Do you ever notice how quickly a baby can go from crying to laughing?
When a child is between the ages of six and nine, they normally integrate into one whole part. If that child has a lot of trauma, then integration doesn't happen. The different states stay separate."
"The more trauma, the more parts. These parts are separated by walls of amnesia. It's the brain's way of protecting the child. It's a form of self hypnosis. An incident occurs, the child can't handle it, the brain puts that child in a closet in the mind and a new child steps out. The first child is unaware of what is happening to the second one. It's like they are sleeping.
This enables a traumatized child to survive, to function in the world, to be happy and play and go to school."
"This process is involuntary like breathing or blinking. It's the brain's way of enabling survival. This enables survival but becomes a disabling disorder as they grow older. The amnesia walls make life hard. This disorder used to be known as Multiple Personality Disorder, but the name has been changed to Dissociative Identity Disorder as it is Not a personality disorder but more of an identity one. Different identities in one body separated by amnesia walls. Each identity has their own likes and dislikes and even has different medical problems, and different abilities. There are some crazy movies portraying this disorder as dangerous, but statistically, people with DID are more likely to be re-traumatized. I read somewhere that seventy-five percent of people with this condition attempt suicide! There are as many people with dissociative identity disorder as there are people with red hair. It is an unbelievable disorder and therefore under-diagnosed. There is a lot of stigma associated with any mental health issue so people aren't usually open about it."
"I was diagnosed with Dissociative Identity disorder two years ago and it has been one hell of a ride.
I am openly talking about this because keeping it quiet seems like I am ashamed and I am not. All the parts are still me and I like me. I like who I have become. I have been in therapy four years now and I have healed a lot and I am still learning. Don't get me wrong, every day is hard. Every day there are symptoms, physical and mental, but I have learned how to cope with them. One of the ways I cope is by painting. If you have any questions feel free to ask them. I may not know the answer, but I will do my best. Now if you read this and you don't believe it or you suddenly think I am dangerous or too weird, move along, unfriend me. I don't care. I wish you the best. Now enough of that serious talk. I am going to look at memes."
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