trauma

At its core, trauma can be thought of as the psychological wounds that persist, even when the physical ones are long gone.

3 Ways to Heal Following Sexual Assault
For years, sexual assault has been a taboo subject. It’s something we all know happens, but many prefer not to address or acknowledge that it does. This is especially true when it comes to male surviv...
Aisha Chughtai23 days ago
From the Other Side
The first time I realized that my story may have been different from all of the other children my age, was when I was in grade seven. Aldergrove Public School, the place I don’t like to think about mu...
sarah cay smitha month ago
People with Violent Intentions Need Help, Too.
As my sister sent a notice to our family group chat this morning, explaining why she didn't have to student teach today, I started to wonder why people are the way they are. If you're unaware of what ...
Lala a month ago
How Innocence Gets Broken
We all have a story, some with more pain or joy than others. I'd like to think that all of the lows that I had at the beginning of my life is the reason for all of the highs that I have now. The sad t...
Survivor?
TRIGGER WARNING: THIS STORY CONTAINS DETAILS OF A SEXUAL ENCOUNTER AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, WHICH MAY MAKE SOME FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE. I was not planning on writing about this, at least not tonight. But th...
M Sa month ago
PTSD
There has been quite a lot of talk about post traumatic stress disorder since Ariana Grande posted her brain scans. Firm believer that she is suffering from PTSD, but not entirely sold that scans of o...
Misty Gewin2 months ago
Different
I'm not sure where to begin... I could start off with an introduction, my name, age, ect. but I happen to like the idea of some form of anonymity. So—just start off with a 'hi.' My name isn't importan...
camaïeu cally3 months ago
"Fragile - Handle with Care"
Ah yes, mental health. As cliche as it might sound, life truly can and will be a "rollercoaster." Although, I feel that if you were to more specifically apply that metaphor, it may be more fitting for...
Tom Baker3 months ago
In Hell
My ex-wife, Satan rest her soul, once told me of a very, very strange dream she had (probably after smoking a huge bowl of skunk weed, as she was occasionally wont to do). In the dream, she was a cont...
Kathryn Parker3 months ago
Letters for Myself
This will be a series.
Edward Anderson4 months ago
Triggered
I am a survivor of domestic abuse. When most people learn that they are surprised. More than once I have been told that I don't act like a "victim," my attitude is too bad, or I appear to be too stron...
Avery Burroughs4 months ago
The Merciful Blue Sky
A girl with hazelnut hair with eyes to match, sat on the edge of a cliff. Forests of huge redwoods surrounded her, green as ever. She was looking out at the brilliant blue sky, it was clear and refres...
Kay Deschain4 months ago
Forgiveness
I've been hurt a lot in my life—obviously, everyone has—and all through my adolescence and young adult life, one thing that has been consistently shoved down my fucking throat is the importance of for...
Krisjoyy Smith4 months ago
Recovering After Trauma
Just a little bit about some of the traumas I have personally experienced in my life: I was sexually abused for seven years by two male family members. A few years after that, I found myself in a phys...
Renee Knadler5 months ago
How Can I?
It's not easy for me to be nice to you, to ask if you need anything. My whole life I grew up with you telling me I was worthless, lazy, a bitch, a cunt, a whore, telling me I am going to grow up to be...
Scarlett Wood5 months ago
Scared of Things that Aren't There
Hello! This is my first story in Psyche and I am very excited but also anxious to share my experiences and struggles with the world. I hope that anyone who reads them can learn something new since my ...
Ashley Peterson5 months ago
The Trauma Hijack
We've all heard of the fight or flight response. What's not as well known is the freeze response that's also a potential automatic response to danger. This is particularly relevant in the #metoo era t...
Ashley Peterson5 months ago
The Frightening Consequences of Childhood Trauma
It's no secret that abuse and neglect in childhood cause damage to the child. It's unsurprising that psychological harm could persist for many years. What is less known, though, is the profound connec...