Survivors of childhood abuse, interpersonal violence and other various traumas are professionals at looking “normal.” Most of us have it down to an art. So it’s no surprise why people waging internal wars are not commonly recognized as the faces of PTSD. The #FacesOfPTSD campaign was created to change that. **Click here to watch the … Continue reading #FacesOfPTSD: Trauma Survivors Step Into the Light
by Joyelle Brandt I stood in front of a room of strangers with kind eyes, and announced: “I have been struggling with postpartum depression.” Somehow it was easier to admit this to strangers than to my husband and friends, yet there it was. Since early in my pregnancy with my second child, I had struggled … Continue reading Is it PPD or PTSD?
My Post Traumatic Stress Disorder diagnosis has always been a reality for my kids. A survivor of childhood sexual abuse, I was officially diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety in 2006. At that point, my boys were four and one year old. One of the advantages of having this combination of … Continue reading The Advantages of Telling Your Kids About Your PTSD
#FacesOfPTSD is a social media campaign that focuses on survivors of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and interpersonal violence who are living with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Despite evidence that non-combat related trauma is a leading cause of PTSD, online search engine results will lead you to believe otherwise. The #FacesOfPTSD campaign aims to change that, but we need survivors to participate … Continue reading #FacesOfPTSD – Because Not All Wars are Fought on the Battlefield
Dear my sweet little girl, I worry that at times you are feeling the brunt of my childhood trauma, because you have now become my teacher; your love and existence my lessons. Is that normal for every parent? I don’t know, and that in itself is part of what is most terrifying to me about … Continue reading A Letter To My Daughter – From Your Trauma-Recovering Momma.