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.
Enmeshment leads to a very unhealthy family dynamic where the family as a whole is only happy if each individual denies their needs.
Practice acknowledging your fear and making the conscious decision to move forward with the fear.
Basically, an LGBTQ+-affirming therapist takes the burden off of you to explain or justify your identity.
This is me. This is what mental health issues look like up close and personal.
Even though survival mode is largely subconscious, there are still conscious things we can do to lessen its impact on our lives.
I personally visit each of these sites regularly, and I've found them to be incredibly helpful.