About Sherry Polley, Author of “Dissociative Living”
Hello, my name is Sherry Polley. I am currently 31 and living in Indianapolis, Indiana. I will be blogging for the Dissociative Living blog. I was formally diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder (DID) around 2008. I have since recovered from the disorder due to therapy and a miraculous medication. I had been living with the disorder for my entire life, and found it to be very confusing until I received and understood the diagnosis of DID. It wreaked havoc on my life and was very painful. I did a lot of unpleasant things when my alters would take over and my loved ones were very concerned about my behaviors. I am here to tell you that recovery is possible, from dissociative identity disorder as well as others.
My Struggle with Many Mental Illnesses
I also have been diagnosed with several other conditions, including Tourette’s syndrome, major depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), conversion disorder, borderline personality disorder and an anxiety disorder. I still struggle with some of these but have made some strides. I am a firm believer in the power of therapy and medication. It is my desire to spread hope through my blogging here so that others may believe that recovery is possible. I also hope to show that no one is alone in their struggles, as there are always other people who have experienced the same feelings and realities.
I Am Not My Dissociative Identity Disorder Diagnosis
I am not my mental illnesses. There is so much more to me than that. For one, I am an artist. I graduated with my bachelors of fine arts in printmaking from the Herron School of Art and Design in 2011. I actively work on art and do some showings as well. Art has been my passion since I was a little girl. I believe it has provided a great outlet for my struggles with severe mental illness.
Polley, S. (2015, January 13). About Sherry Polley, Author of “Dissociative Living”, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, October 18 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/dissociativeliving/2015/01/about-sherry-polley
Author: Sherry Polley
Your blog and profile give me hope that I am going to share on behalf of a young lady who has DID. She has had years of trauma very serious physical, emotional and mental trauma, and is working with what I believe to be a team of skilled therapists. However, her and her alters - for whatever reason - has chosen to trust me in this journey they are on.
She has no one else outside of the therapists that are working with her.
I would be very interested in understanding what I can continue to do to assist her.
Thank you -
Just work to keep that trust. Be understanding and open to communicating/working with her and each of her alters. It is good that she has a team of therapists working with her. If you can, talk with them and see if it would be beneficial to also have them work with both of yous. Just keep doing what you're doing.
My name is Caroline and the most we can hope for or be blessed with is integration of all our parts into a whole!
I have learned to love the parts of myself that have previously caused me much shame or embarrassment. I learned to love myself better. It took years of therapy and personal integration techniques as well as faith and prayers in accepting myself for who I am. I continue to recognize personal habits and defenses that can sabotage my integrative growth.
Wholeness and positive mental health is possible!
I wish there was a website where they had a chat room with therapist I could talk to. I have a shrink (county mental health and they just puch meds that they are permitted by the county to prescribe. ) none work even a little. At this point I'd be willing to be on something like Thorizine (sp) I'm literally at my wits end . do you have any advice for me? PLEASE