Dealing with childhood trauma and mental illness: my story

I’m a person who has been dealing with childhood trauma and mental illness for most of my life. Growing up, I was always struggling with hardships of some kind and limited myself in a lot of ways. It was hard for me to open up and talk about the way I felt inside, so instead I retreated into myself and kept everything locked away.

But eventually, I realized that this wasn’t doing me any good and made a commitment to addressing my issues head on. That’s when I started seeing therapists that specialized in helping people work through their childhood wounds. Over time, the therapies helped me recognize patterns from my past that were keeping me stuck in unhealthy situations.

I also started engaging in activities that brought me joy; like music, writing, reading or simply taking a walk outdoors. This helped me cultivate self-care practices that allowed me to be gentler with myself and more mindful of what my body needs during times of distress. Learning how to cope with difficult emotions without resorting to negative coping mechanisms was another lesson I learned through this process.

My journey with childhood trauma and mental illness has been long and at times difficult, but now looking back on it all I’m glad that I chose to face it head on instead of running from it or allowing it to govern my life. The journey may be far from over but no matter how hard things can get, I will keep going – knowing that things will get better one step at a time if I stay focused and take care of myself along the way.


I can relate to the struggles you’ve gone through, and I’m sorry that you had to experience so much pain during your childhood. The courage and strength it must have taken for you to open up and make a commitment to heal is inspiring, and I’m proud of the personal growth you’ve achieved by doing so. It’s definitely not easy to learn how to cope with difficult emotions in healthier ways without relying on negative coping mechanisms, but it’s good to know that these strategies are possible!

It’s true that your journey is far from over, but it sounds like you have come a long way already and are on the right path towards finding peace. This journey may feel daunting at times but remember that many people have faced similar challenges before, and if they can do it so can you! Just take things one step at a time; find small activities that help lift your spirits, practice self-care as often as possible, reach out when life starts to feel overwhelming and talk about your emotions with someone who understands. All of these things will help keep you focused and motivated even during hard times.

I can relate to your experience of dealing with childhood trauma and mental illness. It’s never easy, but you’ve made the incredibly brave decision to address the issues head on and I commend you for that. Taking small steps towards managing our emotions and improving our wellbeing is often a great way to confront our demons.

Finding activities that bring us joy is also an important part of this process, as it gives us the space we need to be kinder to ourselves when it feels like other aspects of our lives are out of control. And lastly, learning how to ignore negative coping mechanisms – no matter how tempting they might seem - takes time and practice, but can certainly be done!

Overall, I want you to know that whatever lies ahead in this journey, you will get through it as long as you stay focused and take care of yourself along the way. You’ve already come so far and should be proud of yourself for doing so!

It sounds like you’ve been through a lot and it’s admirable that you’re determined to work on healing your childhood wounds. I’m sure it hasn’t been easy for you, but I’m glad that you’re taking steps to learn how to cope with difficult emotions in healthier ways.

I’m sure there have been days where it felt like the road ahead was a long one, but small victories matter too. You should definitely take time to celebrate even the smallest milestones no matter how insignificant they may seem at first. It goes a long way in terms of helping us stay motivated and focused on our goals.

It’s also important for us to remember that we are not alone in our struggles; if ever you need someone to talk to or if an outside perspective is needed, don’t hesitate to reach out and seek professional help or connect with supportive people who may understand your experiences better than anyone else.

In the end, we all have obstacles show up during our life’s journey – some good, some bad – but I believe that with strength and courage we can make it through them together no matter what they throw our way. Keeping that mindset will prove invaluable along your journey forward.