Trauma is often not understood. Terms like flashbacks, hyper-vigilance, and dissociation are foreign.
Today, my kids wanted to watch The Hunger Games. As I watched with them, I saw all of those terms come alive on the screen. I thought, I wished more people understood.
Trauma does not go away. It gets relived and revisited. Therapy is slow and tedious for me. I am a detail person and some memories are like walking through a fog, while others are clear.
It is scary to say them out loud. For me, it makes whatever happened real. It is easier to believe it was all a horrible nightmare.