• jbean

Paul

Updated: May 21

I found you via the article in Lily, which I found through the Washington Post.  I looked through the TMFRS website a bit and I appreciate you starting this and sharing your story. 



I am a male, suffering from childhood and career-related trauma and PTSD. 


When did it all start?


Seeing people on their worst day, every day for decades, certainly creates some pretty powerful cumulative trauma - but it really started with having a mother who did not have the capacity for anything near unconditional love.  However, after her death 2 years ago, I found 40 years worth of her journals, and while they confirmed some of the hell memories of growing up with her, they also helped me find honest empathy for a woman who was undoubtedly struggling with undiagnosed mental health issues her entire life and was unable to show her love for her children in a healthy way. 


... I had to stop reading the journals for a little while as I need to focus on some self-care, self-love, self-worth and transforming myself back into the artist I was years ago.  


How do you manage your symptoms?


I am in the midst of a transformation year and trying to allow myself the time and focus to reignite my creativity - which I agree is the antidote to depression/anxiety.  I see a therapist regularly, journal, walk/hike on the beach or in the forest and try and create something everyday - all of which helps tremendously. 



I’m not really sure why I am even writing you, except maybe to say thanks and to let you know there are men out here also dealing with similar issues - probably more than you can imagine.  Good luck on your journey of self-care, self-discovery and healing.


Traumatized Motherfxckers

Not doomed. Not damaged.

Not dead yet.

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