PTSD

What is Trauma?

I am going to quote directly from the following book. If you want more info I can go into further detail later.

101 solution focused questions for help with trauma by Fredrike Bannink

 

Trauma (from the Greek Word meaning “a wound”) refers to either a physical injury or psychological shock or severe distress resulting from a traumatic experience. Psychological trauma is part of being human. (Bold is from me, I can not stress this enough. Also I believe that animal can also be severely traumatised and its off topic so I assume he left that out for the vets to deal with. heh) Even so, most people don’t develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).”

JHP-This explains why we feel so alone, because most people who do experience trauma does not actually develop PTSD or CPTSD. According to this, I think we do, many more than they think. There is a stigma of silence, and I have to tell you that some of us are pushed too far. So when you think of i, take identical twins. They experience the same trauma but, because each one is their own person with their own abilities, thoughts and coping mechanisms, it is possible that one may develop PTSD and the other may not. My point is that no matter what we have been through, the severity of it, no ones experience devalues another’s experience.

Trauma leaves scars, some you can see and some you can’t.

Remember this. You are valid. Your trauma is valid and the way you respond to it is valid. No seek help to find your way through the other side. I believe in you. -Jess

 

CPTSD

What is Trauma?

I am going to quote directly from the following book. If you want more info I can go into further detail later.

101 solution focused questions for help with trauma by Fredrike Bannink

 

Trauma (from the Greek Word meaning “a wound”) refers to either a physical injury or psychological shock or severe distress resulting from a traumatic experience. Psychological trauma is part of being human. (Bold is from me, I can not stress this enough. Also I believe that animal can also be severely traumatised and its off topic so I assume he left that out for the vets to deal with. heh) Even so, most people don’t develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).”

JHP-This explains why we feel so alone, because most people who do experience trauma does not actually develop PTSD or CPTSD. According to this, I think we do, many more than they think. There is a stigma of silence, and I have to tell you that some of us are pushed too far. So when you think of i, take identical twins. They experience the same trauma but, because each one is their own person with their own abilities, thoughts and coping mechanisms, it is possible that one may develop PTSD and the other may not. My point is that no matter what we have been through, the severity of it, no ones experience devalues another’s experience.

Trauma leaves scars, some you can see and some you can’t.

Remember this. You are valid. Your trauma is valid and the way you respond to it is valid. No seek help to find your way through the other side. I believe in you. -Jess

 

Depression

What is Trauma?

I am going to quote directly from the following book. If you want more info I can go into further detail later.

101 solution focused questions for help with trauma by Fredrike Bannink

 

Trauma (from the Greek Word meaning “a wound”) refers to either a physical injury or psychological shock or severe distress resulting from a traumatic experience. Psychological trauma is part of being human. (Bold is from me, I can not stress this enough. Also I believe that animal can also be severely traumatised and its off topic so I assume he left that out for the vets to deal with. heh) Even so, most people don’t develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).”

JHP-This explains why we feel so alone, because most people who do experience trauma does not actually develop PTSD or CPTSD. According to this, I think we do, many more than they think. There is a stigma of silence, and I have to tell you that some of us are pushed too far. So when you think of i, take identical twins. They experience the same trauma but, because each one is their own person with their own abilities, thoughts and coping mechanisms, it is possible that one may develop PTSD and the other may not. My point is that no matter what we have been through, the severity of it, no ones experience devalues another’s experience.

Trauma leaves scars, some you can see and some you can’t.

Remember this. You are valid. Your trauma is valid and the way you respond to it is valid. No seek help to find your way through the other side. I believe in you. -Jess

 

Gaslighters

What is Gaslighting?

Gaslighters, What are they

Gaslighting is a term to describe people who try to manipulate others by psychological methods. Essentially they use this to make the other person question their own reality, their own sanity and their own way of looking at things, especially themselves.

In a relationship, gaslighting is used to control the other person and a common tactic by an abuser to gain power and control over the other person.

This really touches base with what I have been saying all along, just because someone says something, just because someone believes something, just because someone yells louder, does not make them valid, does not make their reality truth.

Gaslighting is a common tactic used by abusers, narcissists and cult leaders. It is a way of making a person reliant on them and their reality while wiping out the victims own reality. It can be something that is done throughout a long period of time, subtly and the victim does not realize they are being brainwashed, which is essentially what gaslighting is.

We have so many trauma survivors who have has to deal with this and who still deal with it. When those voices come into your head, telling you that you are worthless, that you are at fault and that you are lying and that you are not valid, that is the time to start fighting back. The first step my friends is to recognize it. Call it out. Then you can work on healing and work on taking back your control.

There are so many signs of the gaslighter, and it is important to remember that they are abusers and they are manipulative and that you have to remove yourself from the relationship or situation because these people will not change; I should clarify this with ‘most likely they will not change’.

Here are a few signs to watch out for. Remember that it is so important to recognize abusive behavior so that you can fight back and protect yourself.

Acceptance, Education, Accommodation, Healing.

Remember this. Hold it close to your heart and you can heal. We can heal and we can fight back and we can take away any power they had over us.

  • Gaslighters will tell lies, straight to your face with no visible indication they are lying. You know it is a lie, they know it is a lie, and according to the research I have done, they do this to keep you unsteady. How will you know when they are telling the truth? How do you know when to call them out?
  • Gaslighters will deny they ever said something, even though you know and may even have proof that they did. They will deny it and they will make you question your reality because they are good at what they do. This is how they start to get you to believe their reality and question your own.
  • Gaslighting is done over time, they wear you down and down until you do not realize that you have been brain washed and you start to internalize everything they say, you believe them and you question yourself.
  • This is one that I really understand because of my own experiences, but gaslighters actions do not match what they say. Watch their actions, what they say, it is meaningless, it is rhetoric and it is lies. How they act is what you need to look out for. Peoples actions speaks so much louder than words my friends. I learned this at an early age.
  • They will break you down and then throw you a bone. Gaslighters are great at manipulation and they will do everything they can to make sure you believe that you have no value while occasionally showing some “kindness” so that you believe they may not be all that bad and perhaps they are right after all, because why would they say something nice? Why would they be kind? According to the research this is a tactic used to keep  the victim off kilter and question your reality and when you look at what you are praised for, typically it is something that served the gaslighter.
  • They project their weaknesses onto you. If they are an addict or an abuser or a cheater, they will consistently accuse you of their actions, their addictions and their infidelity in order to distract from their own nefarious deeds. Again, making you question your own thoughts and reality.
  • Gaslighters will not only work on manipulating you, they will manipulate those around you. They will build alliances with those who they know would believe them and stand by them and then use that to further manipulate you and your reality. Their goal is to isolate you.
  • Not only will gaslighters lie about what others have said in an effort to isolate you and make your reality and support system smaller, they will tell others that you are crazy and they will tell others that you are a liar.

Look, abusers come in all forms and this is simply one more and you can identify them and what they are doing to you if you choose to. That is where I cannot be clear enough. Trauma survivors are so vulnerable to this. They (we) struggle to create our reality and to break free from the abuse and the lies and manipulation, but that makes us so damn vulnerable to it.

If you need help, seek it.

There is no shame in being a trauma survivor. There is no shame is being in or having been in an abusive (emotionally or physically) relationship. Seek help.

Not only to recover, but to recognize the signs, and how to deal with them when/if they happen in the future.

You, not the gaslighter has the power. You just have to take it back and I will be frank my friends, it is not easy. Healing from abuse is not easy and frankly leaving the hell you know for something you don’t can be so fucking frightening. I know. I have done it. I left everything and everyone I knew to find a better life when I was a teenager.

Our lives are difficult. We have been through hell. But damn it, we can heal and we can survive and we can fight back. This is your life. This is your power and no one has the right to abuse or manipulate you.

So, gaslighters are asshats who try to fuck with your reality and control you while at the same time work on diminishing your support system so that you feel alone and that all you have is the gaslighting abuser. You are worth so much more than that damn it.

If you cannot break free alone, then seek help. But break free. Life is just too damn short. To damn precious to spend it being manipulated and abused.

 

Abusers

What is Gaslighting?

Gaslighters, What are they

Gaslighting is a term to describe people who try to manipulate others by psychological methods. Essentially they use this to make the other person question their own reality, their own sanity and their own way of looking at things, especially themselves.

In a relationship, gaslighting is used to control the other person and a common tactic by an abuser to gain power and control over the other person.

This really touches base with what I have been saying all along, just because someone says something, just because someone believes something, just because someone yells louder, does not make them valid, does not make their reality truth.

Gaslighting is a common tactic used by abusers, narcissists and cult leaders. It is a way of making a person reliant on them and their reality while wiping out the victims own reality. It can be something that is done throughout a long period of time, subtly and the victim does not realize they are being brainwashed, which is essentially what gaslighting is.

We have so many trauma survivors who have has to deal with this and who still deal with it. When those voices come into your head, telling you that you are worthless, that you are at fault and that you are lying and that you are not valid, that is the time to start fighting back. The first step my friends is to recognize it. Call it out. Then you can work on healing and work on taking back your control.

There are so many signs of the gaslighter, and it is important to remember that they are abusers and they are manipulative and that you have to remove yourself from the relationship or situation because these people will not change; I should clarify this with ‘most likely they will not change’.

Here are a few signs to watch out for. Remember that it is so important to recognize abusive behavior so that you can fight back and protect yourself.

Acceptance, Education, Accommodation, Healing.

Remember this. Hold it close to your heart and you can heal. We can heal and we can fight back and we can take away any power they had over us.

  • Gaslighters will tell lies, straight to your face with no visible indication they are lying. You know it is a lie, they know it is a lie, and according to the research I have done, they do this to keep you unsteady. How will you know when they are telling the truth? How do you know when to call them out?
  • Gaslighters will deny they ever said something, even though you know and may even have proof that they did. They will deny it and they will make you question your reality because they are good at what they do. This is how they start to get you to believe their reality and question your own.
  • Gaslighting is done over time, they wear you down and down until you do not realize that you have been brain washed and you start to internalize everything they say, you believe them and you question yourself.
  • This is one that I really understand because of my own experiences, but gaslighters actions do not match what they say. Watch their actions, what they say, it is meaningless, it is rhetoric and it is lies. How they act is what you need to look out for. Peoples actions speaks so much louder than words my friends. I learned this at an early age.
  • They will break you down and then throw you a bone. Gaslighters are great at manipulation and they will do everything they can to make sure you believe that you have no value while occasionally showing some “kindness” so that you believe they may not be all that bad and perhaps they are right after all, because why would they say something nice? Why would they be kind? According to the research this is a tactic used to keep  the victim off kilter and question your reality and when you look at what you are praised for, typically it is something that served the gaslighter.
  • They project their weaknesses onto you. If they are an addict or an abuser or a cheater, they will consistently accuse you of their actions, their addictions and their infidelity in order to distract from their own nefarious deeds. Again, making you question your own thoughts and reality.
  • Gaslighters will not only work on manipulating you, they will manipulate those around you. They will build alliances with those who they know would believe them and stand by them and then use that to further manipulate you and your reality. Their goal is to isolate you.
  • Not only will gaslighters lie about what others have said in an effort to isolate you and make your reality and support system smaller, they will tell others that you are crazy and they will tell others that you are a liar.

Look, abusers come in all forms and this is simply one more and you can identify them and what they are doing to you if you choose to. That is where I cannot be clear enough. Trauma survivors are so vulnerable to this. They (we) struggle to create our reality and to break free from the abuse and the lies and manipulation, but that makes us so damn vulnerable to it.

If you need help, seek it.

There is no shame in being a trauma survivor. There is no shame is being in or having been in an abusive (emotionally or physically) relationship. Seek help.

Not only to recover, but to recognize the signs, and how to deal with them when/if they happen in the future.

You, not the gaslighter has the power. You just have to take it back and I will be frank my friends, it is not easy. Healing from abuse is not easy and frankly leaving the hell you know for something you don’t can be so fucking frightening. I know. I have done it. I left everything and everyone I knew to find a better life when I was a teenager.

Our lives are difficult. We have been through hell. But damn it, we can heal and we can survive and we can fight back. This is your life. This is your power and no one has the right to abuse or manipulate you.

So, gaslighters are asshats who try to fuck with your reality and control you while at the same time work on diminishing your support system so that you feel alone and that all you have is the gaslighting abuser. You are worth so much more than that damn it.

If you cannot break free alone, then seek help. But break free. Life is just too damn short. To damn precious to spend it being manipulated and abused.

 

Big Box Of Pain

What is the Big Box Of Pain or BBOP?

Years ago I commissioned the county that I had been ward of when they were finally clued into the abuse when I was a toddler, for everything they had on me. Apparently it was a lot because what they sent me was two reams of paper front and back copied on with notes, conversations, legal documents, psychologist and psychiatrist reports and case worker notes.

This box is painful to read, I have mostly organized it by years and it validates everything that I had been through. It also show what a complete lack of education on how child abuse can affect children and their development.

Questions From My Adoptive Mom

How old were you when you realized your life was different than other kids?

How did you cope with so many changes, when you were just a child?

Who were the adults who tried to help? Were there any? What did they do?

What is it like – day to day – as an adult living with CPTSD?

What are your goals, at this time in your life?

I know you love your kitty cats! What do they do for you?

On your worst days, what can you do to get through it?

What memories stand out, of the adoption process? For and Against.

If you could snap your fingers and make a wish come true, what would it be.

How would you describe what you have accomplished so far.