The Power of Being Heard

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An awesome survivor recently shared this poignant quote with me the other day and I had to pass it on.

I can only imagine how many of us suffer “secondary wounding” when we reach out for understanding and empathy for our psychiatric injuries.

In my case, people’s responses to my experience did more long term damage than the initial trauma. This secondary wounding affects me on every level from how I talk to myself, how I view my struggles and how I respond to other people’s distress to my ability to relax enough to fall asleep every night. Trauma + secondary trauma is hell. Nuff said.

The same person who shared the quote expressed sympathy for my experience and it took a few days to let it sink in. I regularly get invalidated by people ignorant to hidden disability, to experiences other than their own or they just think they know what…

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