Beyond Your Past
About This Show
Beyond Your Past - Podcast with your host, Matt Pappas, CLC. Join me each week as I talk with guests who have overcome their past and are using their powers for the greater good! Clinicians, Life Coaches, Advocates, Bloggers, and others will be here to help inspire and encourage you that no matter what you have been through, there is Hope and You can make a difference.
You'll also continue to have past episodes available from Surviving My Podcast, which exists to validate, encourage, support, and inspire all who have survived the trauma of abuse. Topics include Mental Health awareness, and living with challenges such as Dissociation, Anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar, Trauma Recovery, Dissociative Disorders, and other Mental Health Challenges.
If you've ever considered working with a life coach, or have questions about what a life coach is and if one is right for you, contact me anytime over at BeyondYourPast.com.
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Most Recent Episode
Podcast - Ep. 84 - Rob Goldstein, No Longer Sick with DID, but Well with DID.
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My guest on this episode of the Beyond Your Past Podcast is Photographer, Digital Artist, Blogger, and Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist, Rob Goldstein. He is also a former guest blogger on Surviving My Past, where he shared some of his story in a post titled, "Life with DID where everything is a trigger". That post has been incredibly helpful and validating for so many who live with dissociative identity disorder, or those who have a loved one who lives with DID.
As outlined on his blog, Rob writes:
I’m a Certified Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist who became symptomatic with a dissociative disorder in 2010. When I started this blog in late 2013, it was to advocate for myself and other people with trauma related mental health problems.
I wrote in my first profile statement that as I evolved the blog would evolve and over time, I learned about photography, digital art and I rediscovered my writing. I call the blog Art by Rob Goldstein but I can just as easily call it life by Rob Goldstein.
This is my life as I live it, evolve, process its history, and prepare for an uncertain future. My life is my work and my work is my art.
Art by Rob Goldstein is an expression of my emotional and intellectual evolution and an ongoing journal of my psychotherapy. I’m blunt, passionate in my beliefs, and willing to state my mind. If an honest exchange of ideas is what you want you’ve found the right place.
During my recent chat with Rob, we dive into more of his life leading up to getting the true diagnosis of having DID. As you'll hear him describe so eloquently and in detail, there were so many things going on in his life that just didn't add up; people were saying things like, "you aren't the Rob that I knew before". He knew that things going on in his mind and in life were fragmented, but hearing things like that was devastating to him. After all, he'd been living his life for decades knowing that something was going on, but wasn't able to put it all together with a true diagnosis from a professional who understood dissociative identity disorder and was able to get him a proper diagnosis much later on in life.
As Rob points out, what drove him to seek the help of a psychiatrist was the realization that his alters had a constant desire to log into virtual reality to have their own lives. This became such a pathological routine that it was consuming all of his time and finally something had to give.
Our conversation continues with his experiences in life, 6 months after his psychiatrist referred him to a therapist that specialized in DID. However, it wasn't until about a year and half later, that he finally called and made and appointment with that therapist, because he didn't want to accept that he could have something like dissociative identity disorder, and due to his research, finding out that DID is often caused by sexual trauma. Quite simply, the thought of it all was overwhelming and something he just didn't want to deal with.
Rob continues to share more of his story:
How things finally started to make sense since he began receiving the help he so desperately needed.
He also discusses the challenges of his relationships, and how the evolution of healthy boundaries in all aspects of his relationships was life changing for him and his recovery.
You'll learn how something like VR, that was completely taking over his life and becoming nearly toxic to his well being, is now something he is using to help others and himself along his journey.
We discuss his view on how DID has truly been a gift for him, as he's lived through all of the challenges in his life to date.
There is so much more I could tell you, but I don't want to miss out on this amazing conversation, so I definitely encourage you to check out my podcast with Rob Goldstein. Whether you live with DID or not, I'm sure you'll be as enlightened and memorized by Rob's story as I was. It'Read more »