Journalling through the pain

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“With emotional abuse, the insults, insinuations, criticism, and accusations slowly eat away at the victim’s self-esteem until he or she is incapable of judging a situation realistically. He or she may begin to believe that there is something wrong with them or even fear they are losing their mind. They have become so beaten down emotionally that they blame themselves for the abuse.”
― Beverly Engel
We used to call them “diaries,” and then we progressed to start talking about them as “journals.” Today, the benefits of writing in a journal have become so well known that “journal” has become a verb: hence, the act of “journaling.”  People struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder or any mental Illness for that matter can benefit from the therapeutic act of “journaling.” People with PTSD  will often go to great lengths to avoid thinking or talking about their feelings and what triggered the PTSD. You don’t need to write about the event that triggered the mental illness, but how you feel and what you think about when the traumatic event comes into your mind. Describe how you felt physically. This will help you identify how the PTSD makes you feel and make you more aware of how it is impacting your life.  You cannot change what happened in the past, but you can try to change your reaction to it. I, personally keep a journal and of course a blog as well. I have found it very helpful for my mental health. Stay Strong My friends!
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4 thoughts on “Journalling through the pain

  1. I also suffer from PTSD and agree completely

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  2. I think talking about the trauma is one of the best ways to overcome PTSD.

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