In the spring of 2020, my life turned topsy-turvy for the second time. After a period of intense therapy to deal with my PTSD symptoms, it became clear that there were more things going on than just childhood trauma. I saw a few specialists, and was diagnosed with inattentive-type ADHD. I had never had soContinue reading “ADHD and the Fear of Using Gifts”
Can you still pray if you can’t sit still? My dear, whoever said prayer was about sitting still?
If you’re reading this right now, I want to say first that you’re not alone. You’re not weird or defective. If you fear happiness, you are very likely in pain, and fear is a normal reaction to things that hurt. A fear of happiness develops in people for a variety of reasons. You might haveContinue reading “When Happiness is Scary”
There is a broad base of therapeutic literature focusing on self-regulation, or the ability to manage and re-direct one’s emotions in a healthy way. When individuals act out in unhealthy ways due to a lack of control over their emotions, this is called dysregulation. Most people would agree that a high level of self-control isContinue reading “The Gentle Art of Self-Allowing”
Photo by Luis Villasmil on Unsplash I have one memory of rest that sticks out for me. It happened a month or so ago, in my apartment. I was sitting at my sewing machine, stitching a small, padded pouch for my friend’s rosary. Time softened and melted away, and I was blissfully unaware of anythingContinue reading “Why Trauma Makes Resting So Difficult”