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“Never forget how strong you are for making it this far.”

Share your stigma experience.

My stigma experience began when I was a toddler. My mother (only parent), who was an ableist at the time, always blamed me for my mental health struggles as well as her own. If my mental health issues caused her frustration, she’d take it out on me with violent physical punishments and psychological abuse. Recently I approached her about her behaviors in the past and she said, “I had a feeling [the abuse] would mess you up. Looks like I was right all along”. She is the ultimate reason why I never reached out for help and ended up suffering throughout my childhood.

How did you overcome this experience?

I overcame this experience through years of trauma therapy and by learning how to set boundaries and overcome my C-PTSD.

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Recovery is not an easy process, and anyone who says otherwise is sugarcoating it big time. However, with a strong support system and with the motivation to heal, recovery is very possible. Never forget how strong you are for making it this far.

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