The night I found out about Trump’s win, I lay awake until 4:00 a.m., crying. In desperation, I went to the Trump website and sent a long message to his campaign, begging them to not take away our rights. I doubted they would read my email or even care, but I had to do something […]
Trauma can cause intrusive memories and flashbacks. During these moments, our body tenses and unpleasant emotions overwhelm us. It’s easy to see why we would think that avoiding triggers would prevent us from feeling uncomfortable. However, that is not the case. There is a reason you are being triggered. Your body is telling you that you are […]
Anyone can survive through trauma. You just need to find support, a little bit of hope, and some courage.
If you are a woman in the U.S. that expresses anger, you are labeled a “bitch.” If you are a man who expresses sadness, you are labeled a weak cry-baby. Gender roles in our society affect everything in our lives from the clothing we wear to the way we feel emotionally. They confine us in […]
Screams came from the bedroom. I crawled to the open door and peeked in to see Joe holding my mother down forcefully and raping her. “Stop it!” she cried, struggling for freedom. I sat down, rocking back and forth. Our early years have the most profound effects on who we are. Despite being a child […]
I should have been excited for graduation yesterday, but I wasn’t. I was happy to have earned my diploma, but the ceremony itself terrified me. There is a reason I tend to isolate myself when my PTSD flares up: my nervous system gets very sensitive and is easily overwhelmed. Unexpected noises startle me. I am […]
A 17 year old boy in the house began giving me “special” attention. As the other kids and I were watching a movie in the dark, he beckoned me into the kitchen where he put his hands in my pants. According to my previous experiences, his actions were not unusual or wrong and I was desperate for love, […]