Because I consult in the area of PTSD, I’ve sometimes made the mistake of comparing my experiences to other people’s. My sexual abuse came at the hands of strangers. I’ve suffered ongoing medical trauma as an adult, as well as the heartache of caring for two loved ones who died of terminal diseases. And I experienced secondary trauma as I walked alongside a friend with CPTSD.
These painful issues and others can lead to symptoms of PTSD–addictions, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, flashbacks, avoidance, numbing out, depression, and suicidal thoughts.
I also tell my story because telling it creates community and healing. It connects me to others in meaningful ways as we share our pain, struggles, and successes.
Perhaps you or someone you know has trauma story that can offer hope to others. We’d love to hear from you.