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My Stories

My blog, essays and articles feature stories on healing from trauma, coping with disorder and practicing mindfulness

Dec 30th 2018

Masking Who You Really Are When You’re Neurodivergent

December 30, 2018|Categories: Essays|

I performed onstage for the first time when I was 15. I don’t remember the part I played, but I do remember the feeling of being onstage, of being accepted by the audience, of being understood, of being someone else. I continued performing onstage through high school and college, but what I didn’t realize until much later was that I spent my entire life performing offstage, as well. I am neurodiverse with sensory processing disorder (SPD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and [...]

CPTSD, Depression and Intergenerational Trauma: Pushing Through the Discomfort Until the Joy Returns

It's a few weeks into a new semester, and I can tell it’s going to be a tough one. Students were forced into online classes due to COVID, and I can tell it’s causing them stress. Through the emails I'm [...]

CPTSD, PTSD, Intergenerational Trauma and Black Lives Matter: A Story of Officers and Compassion

My husband was driving as we pulled into the parking lot of the dispensary where I purchase my medical marijuana. Since lockdown, I’ve been placing my orders online and using the curbside service to pick them up. But this time, [...]

CPTSD, PTSD and Intergenerational Trauma: Living In a Fight-or-flight Response (+9 Ways to Get Out)

When you suffer CPTSD or PTSD long enough, you become wired for trauma, making even the slightest upset a potential trigger. Sending you into a tailspin. A downward spiral. A fight-or-flight response. And when you experience intergenerational trauma, trauma from [...]

Pain, Trauma and Healing: 5 Steps for Creating a Self-care Routine to Regulate Your Nervous System

I had the joy of corresponding with someone new this week. He emailed me via my website and we discussed pain. Real pain. Reaches-into-your-core-and-lays-everything-out-on-the-table kind of pain. Pain that leaves you choosing which cards to pick up. And which to [...]

“Loved reading this Jenna, what a great explanation of how your OT helped you. I have taken a few tips for a client of mine I am treating at the moment! Great post. Cheers!”

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