Family Estrangement: Going No Contact
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by Shirley Davis
3h ago
People with complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) or living in other distress usually come from dysfunctional homes. These survivors have endured many traumas perpetrated by their family members, and after reaching adulthood, many of these grown children choose to have little to no contact with their family of origin. This piece will introduce a new series ongoing no contact with its pros and cons, plus its consequences. What is Meant by Going No Contact? Going no contact means severing relations with your family members to end the emotional, psychological, and physical suffering the ..read more
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Planet Alien: Shattered Hearts. Silenced Voices.
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by Destiny Mowadeng
3d ago
This blog originally appeared at https://powerfullypowerless.wordpress.com/2020/11/04/planet-alien-shattered-hearts-silenced-voices/ You still don’t see me, not really. You know I exist. Yet, I am never fully visible. You are glad I am not your problem to deal with. You are glad you don’t have to deal with all that is involved with someone like me. You run to hold that door when you are not within close range. You go out of your way to smile asking me how my day is. You are quick to comfort me. You think you safely assume I don’t understand the world around me so you can speak whatever under y ..read more
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What is Meditation? (And How it Can Help Trauma Survivors With Life Management)
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by Rebekah Brown
5d ago
Meditation is ceasing daily activity and entering into a focused time of attention on the inner life. It is one of the four components that create structure bringing about transformation in the life of a trauma survivor. The four components are regular mealtimes, productive work, meditation, and exercise. They are all important, but meditation plays such a big role, I chose to do an entire blog about it. This blog is the third in a series about Life Management for trauma survivors. The other blogs can be found here or at:  https://authorrebekahbrown.com/blog There is a free download ..read more
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Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Because You Are a Girl
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by Madelon Wise
5d ago
The long, low white 4-bedroom house crouched in wait on a big corner lot shaded by silver maple trees. I can still see the kitchen, the dining room, my bedroom, and the patio outside where I spent so much time. I can picture the television and its rabbit ears in the living room, and the big plaster boxer dog, Quatre Cinq (45, for the year that they were married), that my brothers had given to my parents for their 14th anniversary. The life-size plaster dog stared with a deeply sorrowful, resigned look on his face. You don’t want to know what goes on in this house, Quatre Cinq might say. Conspi ..read more
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Choosing Love Over Fear
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by Jeff Spiteri
6d ago
  There I was stuck on a boat on the river Thames in a far western area of London. I flew from Denmark with only a couple hundred Euro in my pocket and the opportunity to work with a youth organization. I had arranged a volunteering position on this houseboat where I could trade a few hours of work a day for food and a place to sleep from a questionable website I typically didn’t use. I had known it was a sketchy decision but out of fear of losing more money I chose to not pay for a subscription from one of the more popular life and work internet platforms as this one was free. The man se ..read more
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Four Ways to Really Take Care of Yourself in The New Year
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by Robyn Brickel
6d ago
As the world starts a new year, we start a new day — and every day is an opportunity for growth and change. Every day is a good day to take care of ourselves. You don’t have to start on January 1st with a New Year’s Resolution, and you don’t have to wait until next year if you have already missed starting on the first. Give yourself permission to start taking care of yourself every day! Last blog post article I wrote, I provided some guidance on how to notice your needs with compassion. Once you notice, here are 5 ideas of what you can do next. Speak to yourself compassion ..read more
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Life Management Skills For Trauma Survivors
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by Rebekah Brown
1w ago
Why a schedule is important “Schedule?” You ask. “It can’t be that simple.” I’m not talking about just any old schedule. And I’m not talking about the schedule you think you’re already on. How would you answer the following questions: -Is my day driven by the most urgent thing that comes into my mind?  -Is my day driven by the most pressing thing that presents itself at my job?  -Do I find myself rushing through task after task all day long only to feel a sense of despair at the end of the day? That breathless careening dash through life is a direct result of trauma laid down in th ..read more
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Understanding Dissociation: A Journey Of Discovering Us
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by Destiny Mowadeng
1w ago
What is dissociation? Apparently, it’s when you have the urge to say something, have a thought, or experience a feeling followed by the overwhelming sense that you don’t dare say, think, feel it, or otherwise show the external world because there will be TROUBLE! Or is it? In early summer 2021, a call for participants to interview for a book project on dissociation appeared on my Facebook. The book is called Dissociation Made Simple written by Dr. Jamie Marich. As soon as I saw the call, as an individual with a physical disability, I KNEW I had to take part. Having followed the ..read more
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Mom and the Easter Miracle
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by Madelon Wise
2w ago
My brother, Mike, was 8 years older than I, and he could remember when we were a happy family. It was as though he had grown up in a different family than I had. I remember nothing but screaming, fighting, and terror. My mother was a binge drinker, and she and my father hated each other. The first house I lived in with my family was in one of those neighborhoods that sprung up after World War 2. There a group of us kids ran wild through the alley and backyards. One day, a neighborhood friend offered me advice. “I know a girl who has one of those scapulars around her neck and she never gets hur ..read more
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Male Suicide and How You Can Help
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by Shirley Davis
2w ago
**Trigger Warning** This article will be tough to read and may trigger some people. Caution is advised. Suicide is tricky to write about because it brings up so many negative connotations. Writing about male suicide is even trickier because I am not a man; in some people’s minds, that disqualifies me from writing about it. However, we shall tackle together the subject of male suicide and discuss ways society (including you and me) can help. The Facts and the Statistics  Our men are struggling as their role in society is shifting. This battle has existed for as long as there were men, but ..read more
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