Hi MWM, I didn't want to hijack Steely's post but I have a question for you. My difficult child 2/easy child dtr is extremely worried about what she feels is her loss of creativity--specifically, she has lost her passion for writing, which she has had since she was a small child. She is not on medications but is in therapy (EMDR) for a diagnosed dissociative disorder. According to her therapist, she is in the really hard work part of it. She says that she used writing as a coping mechanism when she was younger--it was her way to escape her life which was very difficult due to difficult child 1 monopolizing her and abusing her. She says her writing was a huge part of her identity and it excited her and she felt she had something to say. I am her mom so I know I am not objective, but she really was an exceptional writer--wrote poetry and short stories and kept a journal. Her dad was a writer as well, I think she inherited his talent. She has been unable to write for many months now and when she tries she says she doesn't like what she writes. She feels so desolate without the writing and is afraid it won't come back. I read your post about you losing your desire to write but it came back. I am hoping maybe you have some insight into my dtr's dilemma and maybe some encouraging words that I could give her from someone who understands! I am not creative at all so I have trouble identifying with what she is saying! Thanks so much, Jane P.S. Anyone else who has any insight please chime in!