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.
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.
Basically, an LGBTQ+-affirming therapist takes the burden off of you to explain or justify your identity.
This is an ultimate guide, a masterpost full of links regarding every aspect of therapy I could think of.
It is okay to need gentleness.
Surely there are no options outside of insurance, right? Wrong!
We need change. This is non-negotiable.
The thing about mental illness is that it can act like a giant magnet, completely skewing your internal emotional compass so that it's hard to distinguish between symptoms and regular emotions.
I'm grateful to my terrific therapist, my wonderful husband, my relentlessly supportive friends, and I'm grateful to myself, for doing this difficult work.