“Normally when we think about “PTSD,” our minds jump to those who’ve been in combat. While it is certainly an issue for those who’ve been in real-life war zones, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD aren’t just exclusive to war veterans. In fact, many survivors of childhood emotional neglect, physical or emotional abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault and rape can suffer from the symptoms of PTSD or Complex PTSD if they endured long-standing, ongoing and inescapable trauma.
These individuals face combat and battle in invisible war zones that are nonetheless traumatic and potentially damaging. According to the National Center for PTSD, about 8 million people can develop PTSD every year and women are twice as likely than men to experience these symptoms.”
read more at PTSD And Complex PTSD: What Happens When You’ve Lived In A Psychological War Zone | Thought Catalog
This is how you will hurt.
It will be a sunny day and you are still in your room, your curtains drawn to keep the light out, your body shaking under a blanket that just won’t warm you up, but then again, you haven’t felt warm since the day it happened. It is like he took every bit of warmth from your soul, and the only way you will ever feel warm again is if the entire sun grew inside of you.
Your mother is knocking on the door. You pretend you don’t hear her. Your greatest deception since it happened is trying so hard to be normal, and today you do not have the energy for it.
Today, you are going to stare into the darkest corner of your room and wonder why the darkness doesn’t do you a favour and swallow you whole.
read more at Trauma: This Is How You Will Hurt | Thought Catalog
“Perhaps you don’t know that inside me is an angry tiger clawing and snarling it’s way up through every nerve and fibre.
Perhaps you don’t know that the weight of the air on my skin feels like a storm thundering across me like a disease.
Perhaps you don’t know that each day’s sameness brings desperation that knows no bounds.
Perhaps you don’t know that my name is anxiety and although I may look like a person, I’m not.
I’m pain.” – itstimetogethonest 2018
“It doesn’t matter who they are, toxic. Do yourself a favour and walk away.”
‘If you wish to be a warrior prepare to get broken, if you wish to be an explorer prepare to get lost and if you wish to be a lover prepare to be both.”
“Sometimes you need to walk away. Not to make someone else realize how worthy you are. But for YOU to understand and acknowledge your own self-worth.”
“Sometimes walking away has nothing to do with weakness and everything to do with strength. We walk away not because we want others to realize our worth and value, but because we finally realize our own.”
“One of the hardest decisions you’ll ever face in life is choosing whether to walk away or try harder.”
“You see a person’s true colors when you are no longer beneficial to their life.”
“I’m learning how to walk away from situations or people who threaten my peace of mind, self-respect, or self-worth.”
“There is a difference between giving up and knowing when you have had enough.”
“People will take from you until there’s no more of you left.”
“If I could go back to the day we met, I would turn around and walk away.”
“Have a nice life. I’m done trying to be in it.”
“No matter how badly people treat you, never drop down to their level. Just know you’re better and walk away.”
In depression, everything is pain.
Even showers are pain.
Water hitting your skin hurts,
seeing your naked body disgusts.
It’s all pain.
Inspired by the writing of Natasha Tracy and her incredible book, Lost Marbles, which we highly recommend as a must read to everyone who has depression and/or bipolar disorder AND their loved ones.