PARENTING WITH PTSD
Nobody said it would be so hard.
People who have experienced childhood trauma can have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms that awaken when they become parents. This can make parenting feel debilitating. The pain can seem inescapable, as the trigger for the symptoms is the children themselves. Parents experiencing PTSD often ask themselves "how can something that brings me so much joy also be the source of so much pain?" Sometimes, the simple task of bathing your child or hearing them cry can send you into a panic attack. Perhaps you are unable to sleep because you are consumed with the thought of your child suffocating or becoming ill. These are just a few examples of everyday life for someone whose PTSD has been triggered from parenting.
You are not alone. I am here to help.