I was just reading the weekly digest and there is an article about PTSD. Several years ago I would have thought it was limited to those in the service, horrible accidents, things such as that. Not so ……. Several years ago my Psychologist “dropped” the word (you know how they do), and I said, ” you don’t think that is part of this whole thing do you?” He just looked at me and said …. “let’s take a look back …… only child in a totally alcoholic home, you hid under your bed hoping they wouldn’t find you, you went to dives (nasty bars) every Fri and Sat night with your parents where they sat and got drunk while, you pushed some chairs together to sleep, you saw and heard your parents battle it out over every little thing, even trying to get between them to stop it, you were locked in closets for punishment, and always threatened by your mother that “some day young lady you’ll come home and find your suitcase on the steps … I want you out of here, I can’t stand to look at you anymore.” And then he said ….. and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. You think about it and see what you think.”
Boy did that open up a bag of worms ….. my mother was never happy about or at my wedding and she made it quite obvious, always having her arms folded and a scowl on her face. When we got home from our honeymoon and went to their house after our supper, she literally sat in a rocking chair, beer in hand, just rocking with a really mean look on her face, she did not utter one word ….. it was pure hate.
So, think back after your own lives ….. probably more of us have PTSD than we realize.