trauma

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

Giselle Omar2 years ago
Thirty Stitches, A Concussion, & the First Day of my Junior Year
It is pitch black and I cannot tell if I am dreaming. I remember a bike, a car, a curb, and then, did someone punch me in the eye? I wake up disoriented in the backseat of an ambulance. Sirens are bla...
XXX XXXXX2 years ago
How I Moved Forward From "The Deadliest Mass Shooting in Modern U.S History"
Here's a personal reflection of an event, that has forever changed my life.
Jeanette Learn2 years ago
Toxic
To the girls who are toxic with their own lives... you are not alone. When you have lived through so many traumatic experiences, they are always there. You wake up and go to sleep to them. They never ...
Leahana Gilbert 2 years ago
That's Not How Your First Love Is Supposed to Go
That's not how your first love is supposed to go. That is what everyone had said to me when I first opened up about the shit-show I thought was love. And after a series of denial and self-hatred I soo...
Danielle Burton2 years ago
Dear Eight Year Old Me…
No, it’s not normal to feel like this. You are not supposed to have such severe anxiety and depression and genuinely want to kill yourself at age eight. People will keep telling you that you’re being ...
A Life of Trauma
I was always known as the "hard child." Wouldn't sleep, always misbehaving, skipping school, I had all these "problems" but no one ever thought about getting me the help I needed. What did I need? I n...
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Chris d2 years ago
Child Abuse and Me
I always thought that I had a pretty normal childhood. Nothing really ever occurred to me that mine was not a typical one, and why should a white male from an upper class community ever think any diff...
Uniquely Dess2 years ago
Battling with Self-Harm
The first time I harmed myself I was 7, I’d never heard or knew anything about people hurting themselves before. All I knew was at first I wanted attention. At seven years old you’re supposed to be pl...
Emily Fowler2 years ago
I Struggled but Survived
It all began when my parents divorced. I was seven years old, and didn't really understand what was going on. I know now that it was for the best, and I'm glad it happened when I was so young. Althoug...
Alyssa Horn2 years ago
Taken Hostage
There comes a time in all of our lives where we must make certain choices that will define our future and most of you have families that stand behind whatever your decision may be. Whether you choose ...
Kelsey Belinski2 years ago
My Haunting Memory
“I remember being four years old. It was bedtime and he couldn’t find pajama bottoms. He found a shirt though, Batman. But no pants. Not even underwear.” 26-year-old Kelsey laid on the lounger in Dr. ...
Otto Nimm2 years ago
Auto: Chapter 4
Automaton I have known the despair of living by rote; I have understood what it is to have no hope. Hope lies in the future, in the ability to envision a future fearlessly and freely. It is easy to sl...
Otto Nimm2 years ago
Auto: Chapter 1
Part 1 Autograph No, you may not have my name. My autograph is sacrosanct. It comes from my hand, my left hand, the sinister tricksy one. And it is a secret. And you may not have details of romantic e...
Alastor Kommer2 years ago
Knowing the Signs
I wish someone would have seen the signs; I had bursts of anger, I self-harmed, I wet my bed until I was in second grade, and I never seemed to know my boundaries. When I was in elementary school, I w...
Autumn Walker2 years ago
27 Years Silent
After 27 years of being on this planet, I have finally decided to write this book. I have purposely put it off to try and ward off negative reviews about it because I’m a first time writer. But my lif...
Aunisty Linville2 years ago
A Story of Abuse and a New Beginning
It was the early morning of April 13, 1999 a beautiful pair of twins were born. My brother and I were born. We were just coming into this world experiencing a touch besides each other's, our mother's....
Adrianna Vicente2 years ago
When He Came
She was very young when he came into their lives, probably around four or five at the time. Still in that young trusting age, oh, what a shock this turned out to be. At first everything was great, he ...
Rebecca Ivey2 years ago
I Was Here
As far back as I can remember, memories from my childhood are painful and confusing. My mother tolerated me, but I am certain that she never truly loved me. All throughout my life she would remind me ...