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Til Death Do Us Part: Adventures in Morning Separation Anxiety 

It’s hard to describe how we survive mornings at our house. It feels like we might all die before making it out to our school and jobs, respectively.   869 more words


Burger King Must Read My Blog! : Adventures in Healing Food

Pizza is disappearing into his face at an alarming rate. He is crouched in his chair, hunkered down over his plate, using both fists to shove pepperoni slices and crust into his mouth. 1,319 more words


Your Holiday Might Stink, But You Don't Have To!

Holidays for kids with trauma are a little bit like the apocalypse. All of the excitement and joy triggers an “end-of-days” type reaction withing them. There is yelling, lying, screaming, fighting, nightmares, rages, the works. 795 more words


Turkey Tears :Adventures In Holiday Trauma Triggers

It always starts with a happy event. Well, at the very least, it starts with an event that I consider to be “happy.” Happy events are often triggers for the traumatized child.   1,435 more words


Poet HW Kim: Life With Borderline Personality Disorder and Overcoming Trauma

HW Kim is a trauma survivor, social activist and poet. She has worked with Asian Americans for Equality and the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center. Currently, she is pursuing a degree in Medicine & Public Health at Hunter College. 2,551 more words


Past Trauma Can Affect Present Trauma.

   Trauma And The Body.

I thought I could cut off the past and put it behind me. I am older now and find It doesn’t work. 655 more words


On Trigger Warnings: Access, Engagement and Resilience

So-called “trigger warnings” in higher education – in this context referring to the inclusion of information in a syllabus warning about potentially offensive content – have been the subject of increasingly heated debate. 1,245 more words

Linda Lee reblogged this on Surviving Trauma and commented:

[caption id="attachment_476" align="aligncenter" width="640"]I am using a picture of Harvard University because my granddaughter is currently a student there (brag). "Harvard Square Harvard Yard" by User: Chensiyuan - Own work. Licensed under GFDL via Commons. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Harvard_square_harvard_yard.JPG#/media/File:Harvard_square_harvard_yard.JPG I am using a picture of Harvard University because my granddaughter is currently a student there (brag). "Harvard Square Harvard Yard" by User: Chensiyuan - Own work. Licensed under GFDL via Commons. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Harvard_square_harvard_yard.JPG#/media/File:Harvard_square_harvard_yard.JPG[/caption]   I wholeheartedly agree with the reasoning in this Freshly Pressed post written by HigherEducationalist on a new blog entitled THOUGHTS ON HIGHER EDUCATION. “On Trigger Warnings: Access, Engagement and Resilience” – even the title is brilliant. :-) The author's argument in favor of replacing “trigger warnings” with “content notes” is excellent and well thought out. I particularly like this idea, as I know a woman who is triggered by “trigger warnings.” (Her trauma involved a gun and the trigger being pulled.) My husband and I have both been diagnosed with severe PTSD – his due to combat in Vietnam, mine caused by extreme childhood and domestic traumas and abuse. Life for the two of us sometimes seems like a minefield full of triggers. We are in our sixties now and we both have been dealing with PTSD for most of our lives, since long before Post Traumatic Stress Disorder became an official psychiatric diagnosis in 1980. Until my husband and I were properly diagnosed fairly late in life, we had no idea of what was “wrong” with us. We just thought we were too sensitive or maybe even crazy. It hasn't been an easy life for either of us, although, all things considered, it has been a good life. The biggest thing in our favor has been our unwillingness to give up, even when the road ahead seems impassible. Today, with the challenges of our aging minds and bodies added to the mix, we continue to work very hard to build resilience and remain engaged in life to the best of our respective abilities. As one or two comments on the original post have noted, it is impossible to label everything that may potentially “trigger” someone with a history of trauma. I can personally attest to the truth of this! No one could have possibly foreseen, many years ago when I was a student of higher education, that my college career would be derailed by an innocent off-hand “joke” made by my favorite professor. At the end of a humorous anecdote about her rebellious teenage daughter, when the professor said: “...and I told her, 'Missy, I brought you into the world and I can take you out of it!'” – I burst into tears, blubbered something about how no parent has the right to kill her child simply because she gave birth to her, and then – mortified by the shocked looks on the faces of my professor and fellow students, I gathered up my things and fled the college, never to return. What the professor said is a common enough “joke” that parents in our culture sometimes make. And I absolutely knew at the time that she was only kidding. However, when I heard those words coming from an authority figure, an older woman whom I looked up to and admired – hearing her say the very same words that my own mother had used after her failed attempt to gas me and my four younger siblings to death.... and in my mother's case, she wasn't joking at all, she was deadly serious when she told me she had the right to kill us.... when I heard my esteemed college professor say those same words as a joke – in that moment, with my PTSD not yet diagnosed and without any knowledge at that time about the psychological phenomena of being “triggered,” I simply could not handle the situation any other way than to run to my apartment, crawl into bed, and hide. Life is challenging enough for “normal” people – all the more so for those of us who are disabled in some way. The compassionate thing, as the following post so intelligently explains, is to try to make life accessible for everyone, as much as it is reasonably possible to do. Whether that access is gained through wheelchair ramps or “content notes,” for people like my husband and me, it is very much appreciated. *Comments are disabled here, please visit the original blog.*