Some Things I’ve Learned from Trauma

Don't Lose Hope

1. It requires specialist counselling. Although it is essential to talk about what happened, and to have your experienced witnessed by another, a counsellor or therapist needs additional training. They need to know what is normal when you’ve been traumatized, and especially when it comes to managing flashbacks, re-experiencing the trauma, and dissociation.

2. You feel you’re going crazy; you don’t recognize yourself. You fly off the handle at the smallest provocation. You react in scary and unexpected ways; and you no longer live on an even keel.

This is not who you were, or who you want to be. You feel you’ve lost yourself, and you’ve lost yourself forever.

3. You experience emotions you never felt before; and these feelings can be hard to bring under control. They’re overwhelming, intense and can be hard to dial down. And you never really know “what is going to set you off.”

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4 thoughts on “Some Things I’ve Learned from Trauma

  1. Few will understand

    Most will tell you just get over it or just don’t think about it

    Ptsd is irrational by definition

    No way to rationally explain Ptsd
    Or it’s symptoms

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    1. That’s so true. I went back to work way too soon after my oldest passed last Sept. My boss said things so insensitive that I had to quit. It didn’t matter how many times I told her to please not give me advice or say something is wrong with me…ugh. I could go on and on, that’s how bad she got.
      I love my small circle I keep because they allow me to vent and are so supportive. Sometimes when days are harder than normal for me they’ll simply just say “I love you, I’m here for you but, I don’t know what else to say”….I tell them that is the perfect way to respond. I wish everyone understood that.

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      1. It’s wise to keep your circle small and essentially only interact with those who you know will be supportive. Thanks for sharing from your personal experience, Aimee 🙂

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