I understand the pain of trauma. Years on the couch helped me to understand the impact domestic violence and sexual abuse has on feelings and emotions, relationships, and everyday functioning. Sometimes it is hard to get out of bed, much less have the energy to brush your teeth. Thoughts race, often back to the traumatic event. Everywhere is a threat, you don’t know who or what to trust.
Relationships with friends and family seem to fall apart. Jobs and careers seem impossible to maintain. Your mood ebbs and flows like the ocean tides. Sometimes, personality disorders evolve from years of untreated trauma, making it even more difficult to function and maintain healthy relationships. Substance abuse is often used as a way of coping. Living with trauma and/or personality disorders is hard and the work to overcome them seems harder but, it is worth it!
- Imagine a life that is not haunted by the reminder of your trauma.
- Where the difficulties of relating to others due to a personality disorder are managed.
- How about learning to accept the trauma or personality disorder as growth and finding appreciation for the underlying blessings that come from them.
- Also learning to see the trauma as a part of your history, not your present situation and not an indicator of your future.
- How about understanding the difference between actual and perceived threats.
- Building healthy relationships with safe people.
- Living a life that is full, happy, and emotionally safe.