If you had trauma in your childhood, you are not alone. Many children are neglected, abused emotionally, physically, and/or sexually. It happens, way too frequently. The way children cope with trauma is to literally “freeze” the memory. Sometimes later in life, the memories that were frozen begin to thaw. These times can be frightening, even to an adult. The intensity of the emotion can feel overwhelming, and the traumatic event(s) can feel as if they are happening in the present moment.
If this has happened to you as an adult, you are not crazy. You aren’t over-reacting. You are just coping with past trauma in the best way you can. The good news is that you don’t have to cope alone. There are people available to help. Therapists who are trained in trauma recovery know how to help you through these types of emotional events. Even someone who isn’t a therapist, a supportive and loving presence, can help you. The most important thing for you to know is that what you feel emotionally is not abnormal. You are not abnormal. You are just recovering from trauma.
If you have had traumatic events happen to you in your childhood, be gentle with yourself. Give yourself permission to heal. Seek out caring, competent professionals who know how to guide you through the healing process. And most of all, do not listen to anyone who tells you that there is something wrong with you. There is nothing wrong with you. There never has been. You are just a human, doing what humans do when they are traumatized. You are not crazy. You are not beyond help. You are deserving of the most loving, tender help available.
Call me if you’d like to make an appointment to talk more: 831-214-8087.