A caller on Monday shared that the election was bringing up memories of past trauma that she thought was behind her. And she said that she knew of other women who were also feeling re-traumatized (and I'm sure there are many men, too.) I can't stand the word trigger. It seems to be used to describe just about everything these days. But there is no better word for what's happening to so many of us over the past week or so.
I don't want anyone to ever go through something like that, but I felt a sense of relief to hear someone else say that. It had been ten years since I had a flashback. Ten years since I stopped cutting. It had been a decade since I last felt so paralyzed in my own being. Everyone around me has seen me come so far since that time and they just would not understand what this is doing to me.
I did not realize that many other Americans are also going through this. I'm so grateful that the caller was able to call the show and share her experience.