Sufferer If I keep overthinking the title I will never post this - 33 & In therapy for the first time for childhood trauma

annie1230

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I found this community in Pete Walker's book Complex PTSD and decided to give it a try. I am 33 yrs old and in therapy for the first time. I am in the process of accepting the reality of my childhood trauma. My biggest motivation to work on my emotional/mental health is my daughter. I am struggling to teach her how to "person" while also re-parenting myself. I struggle immensely with intellectualizing my emotions to prevent feeling them. Dissociation is also a favorite defense mechanism of mine.

I recently removed myself from a very toxic co-dependent long term friendship and am honestly feeling terrified to make new friends. I am hoping to gain the confidence to interact with people in person if I can start by interacting with people behind a digital wall. Posting this is already pretty scary.

Anyway - that's me. Hi everyone
 

TruthSeeker

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I found this community in Pete Walker's book Complex PTSD and decided to give it a try. I am 33 yrs old and in therapy for the first time. I am in the process of accepting the reality of my childhood trauma. My biggest motivation to work on my emotional/mental health is my daughter. I am struggling to teach her how to "person" while also re-parenting myself. I struggle immensely with intellectualizing my emotions to prevent feeling them. Dissociation is also a favorite defense mechanism of mine.

I recently removed myself from a very toxic co-dependent long term friendship and am honestly feeling terrified to make new friends. I am hoping to gain the confidence to interact with people in person if I can start by interacting with people behind a digital wall. Posting this is already pretty scary.

Anyway - that's me. Hi everyone
It's hard to leave what we know.....even if what we know is unhealthy. I found some of my first new friends in taking a music or art class. Starting with a "healthy" common interest makes conversations easier to maneuver.

Mia
 

Renly

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Welcome! I am in my early 30s and in therapy for the first time as well. I also intellectualize my feelings…am learning how to feel and deal with them instead of suppress, avoid, and dissociate. So far this forum has been very helpful for me and (although it sucks to have PTSD and deal with trauma) we are glad you are here!!
 

annie1230

New Here
It's hard to leave what we know.....even if what we know is unhealthy. I found some of my first new friends in taking a music or art class. Starting with a "healthy" common interest makes conversations easier to maneuver.

Mia
Finding friends with healthy common interests makes a lot of sense.

Welcome! I am in my early 30s and in therapy for the first time as well. I also intellectualize my feelings…am learning how to feel and deal with them instead of suppress, avoid, and dissociate. So far this forum has been very helpful for me and (although it sucks to have PTSD and deal with trauma) we are glad you are here!!
That is where I am at. Therapy has been my first big step, I wish I had started sooner, but better now than never.
 

Garden Party

New Here
I found this community in Pete Walker's book Complex PTSD and decided to give it a try. I am 33 yrs old and in therapy for the first time. I am in the process of accepting the reality of my childhood trauma. My biggest motivation to work on my emotional/mental health is my daughter. I am struggling to teach her how to "person" while also re-parenting myself. I struggle immensely with intellectualizing my emotions to prevent feeling them. Dissociation is also a favorite defense mechanism of mine.

I recently removed myself from a very toxic co-dependent long term friendship and am honestly feeling terrified to make new friends. I am hoping to gain the confidence to interact with people in person if I can start by interacting with people behind a digital wall. Posting this is already pretty scary.

Anyway - that's me. Hi everyone
I am new here too, I can really relate to your post. Thank you :)
 
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