Trauma is any event or experience that overwhelms the brain’s ability to cope, and shapes our beliefs or behaviors going forward. It is anything that causes an individual deep, lasting distress during and/or after the event has taken place.
Tag Archive: childhood
Many kids say, “My mom is crazy!” Usually it’s a joke—and about something pretty mild in the grand scheme of things—like her freaking out about a B minus on a test, or not putting dirty clothes in the laundry basket. In my case, my mother—literally—was crazy, meaning she was psychotic and un-medicated. My childhood, instead of being fancy-free, was troubled, burdened, and weighted by unadulterated amounts of pain and fear. While other little girls were going to ballet and playing with Barbie dolls, I was terrified and ashamed of my life.