Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; The storm after the storm.
The Annoying Friend
I didn't think there was ever a problem with making friends. I was pretty out-going, fun, confident and was a fluent speaker.
the bipolar person
The bipolar person was lonely most of the time and alone when they weren’t. Lonely was a symptom of mania; alone belonged to depression. The bipolar person had not felt at ease while alone for many years; they needed music, drugs, or the distraction of friends. For years they had not felt the security that comes from having spent a necessary day of engagement with the world and its people, looking them in the eye many times, laughing and reacting, noticing things of light and color and volume, and thoroughly exhausting themself in full health as a social animal then to return home and expand in the silence of their moderately sized one-bedroom apartment to restore. The bipolar person didn’t live alone anymore. And lately, this restoration was so fraught with overthinking and condemnation that they wondered if they could still do it right. The moderately sized one-bedroom apartment had become a small –– bordering on efficiency –– two-bedroom. The bipolar person shared this small –– bordering on efficiency –– two-bedroom, complete with a murphy hammock and washer/dryer in the [flexion of two upright fingers to indicate the presence of scrutiny] kitchen, with their ex’s best friend. This person quickly became the bipolar person’s friend, muddying the situation further, as the breakup between the bipolar person and their ex soured. The [finger flexion] kitchen had been a sacred place for the three of them - the bipolar person, the ex, and the roommate who happened to be the ex’s best friend. They made the most incredible things in that [f.f.] kitchen. The bipolar person agonized over remembering the meals made and eaten together: the curries, the soups, the sweet potatoes, the risotto, the rice and beans, the miso eggs, the pomegranates, the apples and peanut butter, the skillets, the mochi. Love was shared in the [f.f.] kitchen, and the bipolar person now struggled to fry an egg, let alone prepare a complete meal for themself. There was little to be done for the wave of depression settling over the bipolar person except to wait it out. Medications did not seem like an option for treatment due to the adverse effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) on their mood. Without fail, SSRIs sent the bipolar person into fits of mania that usually ended with them balled into the fetal position on the end of their bed, in hysterical fits of laughter and tears, and attempting to open their flesh with a knife or a razor or scissors or a stapler or anything they could get their hands on as if the skin itself were diseased and requiring removal. These breaks would come at the end of an extended episode where the bipolar person felt as though tiny spiders had laid large nests of eggs all over their body, and those eggs were beginning to hatch. At times, the sensation was so intense the bipolar person swore they could see as deep as the dermis move; this movement extended from their flesh into the darkened corners of their room so shadows would climb and dance, taunting an inner child still terrified of the dark. This inner child bared itself to the ex and roommate on more than one occasion, and the bipolar person considered death to end the shame. After being so exposed, they felt there was no way to redeem themself in their own eyes. The bipolar person knew well enough at this point that other people would forgive all sorts of behaviors, and even if they wouldn’t, the only thing that mattered was whether or not the bipolar person could forgive themself. The answer was almost always a resounding no, but ultimately death was not an option. So the small –– bordering on efficiency –– two-bedroom apartment complete with murphy hammock and washer/dryer in the [f.f.] kitchen shrank under the weight of self-hate, blame, and resentment.
I Talk Out the Ass
I don't know how to write this, my feelings are like a dark cloud inside. Shrouded in doubt and pain. My inner demons won't leave me alone. My only way of coping right now is to write this out. I've been told all my life I'm the probably unwanted always the scape goat.
Your Words Are Your Sword.
People underrate their words so much and too often. When people often get a "You look nice today," they answer like: "What? Me? No, No, I look awful today; this was a rough morning…" and continue in the endless negative downward spiral.
The Importance of Recognizing and Treating a Psychotic Break
Writers Note: The following story mentions trauma related assaults, childhood trauma and psychotic religious experiences. The stories of the psychiatric unit are meant to reflect lifesaving treatments and not to discourage others from staying out of an acute care inpatient unit.
Discovering Purpose in Our Insignificant Existence
In a vast universe that seems overwhelmingly indifferent to humanity's existence, many individuals find themselves grappling with the question of their own purpose.
Buckets of Betrayal
It's not uncommon for the trauma experienced by victims of intimate partner violence to spill harmfully onto other relationships in the victim's life. Abusers use increasingly manipulative and violent tactics to isolate victims, often while putting on a wildly different public persona to fool others in their lives.
Baby, You’re a Firework
My ex secretly hated fireworks. In the weeks leading up to the Fourth of July, we’d hear them sporadically throughout the neighborhood despite their illegality within city limits. Verbally, he defended them with all the patriotic chest-puffing you’d expect from a veteran-turned-cop, saying he’d fought for people’s right to shoot them off or whatever. He’d even accuse those who admitted to being sensitive to those jarring sounds, many of them veterans like himself, of being “soft”.
I Want To Go Far Far Away
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The Healing Power of Leaving: A Journey From Domestic Violence to Survival
In my darkest corners of my past, I found strength to leave a life of torment and pain behind. It was a lengthy journey, one that I didn’t think I would make, but it was a journey that led to healing and self discovery. This is my story.
A Letter I Cannot Deliver to My Teenage Daughter
I was sitting in the waiting room. In came a little toddler. Her face was round as a soft full moon. Eyes as innocent and bright as a newborn star. Short pudgy legs (why and how could they be so cute).
Awareness is a Good Start
‘I need a mental health day.’ I’ve said it. I’ve heard it. Sometimes I’ve even taken it. Today is World Mental Health Day. It’s a day for mental health awareness, education, and advocacy.