Overcoming Childhood and the Stories We Tell Ourselves

Overcoming Childhood and the Stories We Tell Ourselves

I caught an interesting, short podcast episode on this topic recently. The host, Dave Fraser is joined by Psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb to discuss the question of whether we can overcome our childhoods.

It’s an interesting episode, and I think many of you might learn a thing or two about how the stories we’ve been told about ourselves in childhood can be rewritten and how a good therapist might assist in that. You can get the links and notes from the show here:

Sharing – Mental Health Recovery Burnout Is Real and It’s a Problem

Sharing – Mental Health Recovery Burnout Is Real and It’s a Problem

There’s no time to be thoughtful and purposeful when you’re plowing through all of your “recovery goals” at once, and without those things, you won’t get there. They’re kind of required.

I’ve been heard to say in a few places that a big part of why I keep different blogs and social media profiles on different topics is because it keeps me honest. Yes, I am interested in those things and enjoy learning and sharing. But, I have been able to keep this little website going for over 20 years because it is just a part of my life, taking part of my time and part of my mental energy. It’s not everything. I know it doesn’t work for me if it is.

That’s important, and it keeps me from getting burned out.

Shared Links (weekly) April 17, 2022

Shared Links (weekly) April 17, 2022

Sharing – When You Have a Lifelong Struggle With PTSD and Depression

Sharing – When You Have a Lifelong Struggle With PTSD and Depression

It can be a struggle when so many of our friends and even professionals want to help us overcome abuse to “get back to” ourselves when there is no previous version of ourselves to use as a target. I don’t think this should be the goal anyway. The goal for any child abuse victim should not be to go back to being a younger version of themselves before the abuse, the goal should be to build a life after abuse. I didn’t find much healing in trying to remember my early childhood, but I found a ton of healing in having someone help me design the life I wanted to have as an adult and helping me feel worthy and capable of having that.

Sharing – My Husband Took His Life After Hiding Years of Sexual Abuse

Sharing – My Husband Took His Life After Hiding Years of Sexual Abuse

Lenore’s story is sad and tragic, but her message is important. We lose so many survivors, men, and women, who just never find a way to share their pain and look for help. People who live without hope because they feel shame about something that was never their fault. I encourage you to read what she has to say about her hope in sharing her husband’s story. I also encourage you to consider how many survivors we lose in the same way who we don’t even know were abused as children because they never felt safe enough to tell anyone. I guarantee there are many more people like that than we would like to think about.