What trauma does to you: pain

Photo by Asdrubal luna on Unsplash Many people who were abused as children experience pain symptoms, either acutely or chronically. Most common are headaches and back pain. Now it is suggested that in both cases, patients who experience migraines and/or chronic low back pain be screened for child abuse. My experience with pain as part of the fallout…

What trauma does to you: Muscle Armoring

Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash We're always tense, always on guard, those of us with CPTSD. Braced. Tight. Clenched. Muscle armoring goes along with hypervigilance. The body is perpetually preparing for flight, preparing to fight, or stuck in freeze. There's often pain when the muscles are constantly tensed and overworked. There can also be body imbalances, fibromyalgia,…

What is self-love?

Photo by Steve Halama on Unsplash Here are 22 components of self-love that was published anonymously in the UK a few years ago. I edited some of the definitions because I don't believe it's about worshipping yourself, but rather breaking old trauma patterns and silencing old voices in order to learn how to value your unique self and…

Breathtaking

The news out of Alaska shows that the public outrage over Brock Turner's light sentence  (and similar cases) made no difference. It's like they're doubling down on letting these creeps off the hook. "Judge Michael Corey accepted the deal, noting the outcome of the case could be described as 'breathtaking.'" Interesting word choice. Justin Schneider was let…