If someone you love has lived through trauma, hopefully this list will help you understand why they sometimes struggle to open up to you. It isn't personal, trauma is just...hard.
Dramatic or not, I am tired of feeling this way, and pretending it isn't happening isn't making anything better. So something has to change.
You aren't hurting anyone by accepting the reality of your trauma.
Pretending these feelings aren't real just gives them more power because they start to feel more and more out of control.
I had a pretty rough week. And changing a few behaviors hasn't eradicated my shame. But it has shown me that I am not completely prisoner to it.
Having auditory processing disorder is like all your conversations take place in some kind of stadium or subway station, even if you're actually sitting in a quiet classroom or even your own living room.
Time-blindness is a phenomenon where a person does not recognize that time is passing, or how quickly it's passing, or how soon an event or deadline is approaching.
Healing is a complicated, twisted, painful, tender thing, and you are not doing it wrong, I promise.
It can be really hard to watch someone you love experience mental illness.
Enmeshment leads to a very unhealthy family dynamic where the family as a whole is only happy if each individual denies their needs.