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CPTSD: Five Emotional Reactions That Push Friends Away

Through no fault of their own, people with Childhood PTSD sometimes have overly strong emotional reactions: Something hurts your feelings, and you overreact. If you were abused or neglected as a kid, this might sound familiar. In fact, your emotional response can get so overblown that you live in fear that you’ll create problems if …

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How to Make a Beautiful Apology

If you grew up with a lot of childhood crap, you probably know a thing or two about broken down relationships! And sometimes, sometimes, it’s we who did the breaking. Or at least played a part in it. If you have any apologies you’ve been meaning to give, but weren’t sure how, this is the …

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The Unexpected Healing Power of NOT TALKING About Your Trauma

Many years ago, I found a dead body. It was a man I had been dating for a few months, who had turned out to have even more problems than I knew when I met him. He showed up at my house high on something one night and I made him leave. I told him …

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Charm School for Feral Girls

One afternoon in the sixth grade, all the girls in my class were sent to the cafeteria for a special, one-time class whose topic was a secret. We’d already had the men-stroo-ation talk, so why the mystery? The lunchroom chairs were arranged in rows. The teacher of the class was the mother of one of our classmates, who stood before …

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