I have family and friends who have battled with mental health, manic depression, narcissistic personality disorder, Münchausen syndrome, suicidal thoughts and repression. Sometimes, traumatic experiences in our lives can manifest themselves in a way that seems as if it may be a mental health disorder when in fact it is compartmentalizations and ignored PTSD. I have lost two of my closest friends to suicide by the time I reached twenty one, two cousins committed suicides, and my dad was suicidal and manic depressive as long as I can remember. The effects that and other traumas had on my life caused me to endure and stomach a lot of post traumatic stress that manifested in me harnessing my anger and channeling my rage in productive ways. However, I still did not understand where the upset and anxiety was coming from.
A common misconception about mental health is that if you have anxiety, it is a forever disorder. Not all mental health issues are permanent. Some people’s brain chemistry makes their battles with mental health permanent no matter what they do do process and overcome. This book is about how we all experience trauma in our lives and have it manifest in ways that we do not understand. For instance, the death of a friend can manifest in anger and upset and anxiety and be ongoing, but not necessarily be a disorder. PTSD is powerful and potent and to some extent, or at some point in our lives, we all endure it.
The author of this book has done extensive research that indicated that millions of children, disproportionately black and brown children and foster kids, who experienced abuse throughout their lifetime, have had and live with PTSD, and in many cases, were misdiagnosed as ADD or ADHD, medicated, ignored, and thrown back into the system. Psychology research professionals in the states are suggesting that millions of Americans have been misdiagnosed with disorders, when in fact, they have PTSF, poor diet, exercise, and no one to talk to. They are finding that culturally, we have forced people to suffer in silence and prematurely medicated children and teenagers and young adults before testing for post traumatic stress, which manifests itself in ways that chronic mental health illnesses do.
Someone can have PTSD and not have anxiety disorder but might have chronic or intermittent anxiety attacks or anxiousness due to trauma. Modern psychology research is starting to understand the links between a hard life without a support system and people who are simply born with mental health conditions, by no fault of their own. This book helped me realize that I wasn’t alone. That I wasn’t imagining the traumas I was going through or the after effects of them. It helped me see that it was normal. That most people were just like me.