Please Don’t Judge Me by the Worst (or Best) 5 Minutes of My Day

The laughter after the tantrum. Photo by Michele Mateus Photography It was a beautiful summer afternoon, and I was tooling around the neighbourhood on my bike with my toddler, just enjoying life, when I heard from across the street: “Stop making it look so easy, you are making us look bad.” Stunned, I made a … Continue reading Please Don’t Judge Me by the Worst (or Best) 5 Minutes of My Day

Hijacked by PTSD

written by Joyelle Brandt Anxiety hijacked my day today. It showed up out of the blue this morning, this frantic, anxious feeling that hounded me all day. Usually I can identify a trigger that brought on an attack like this, but not this time. It occurs to me now that maybe I spent all this … Continue reading Hijacked by PTSD

Why Aren’t Trauma Survivors Warned That Parenthood May Be a PTSD Trigger?

by Dawn White Daum For many survivors of childhood abuse, symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may re-occur, or never arise, until they become a parent. A significant number of parenting survivors do not recognize the increased depression, anxiety or onset of flashbacks as symptoms of PTSD, weaving in and out their journey to raise … Continue reading Why Aren’t Trauma Survivors Warned That Parenthood May Be a PTSD Trigger?