The Part Two Promised in my Last Blog.
Thinking about, writing about, telling about my car’s expensive nervous breakdown is one thing, one sort of light-hearted sharing. But thinking about, writing about, sharing about the cost of a nervous breakdown as it pertains to being an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse, is heavy. The term nervous breakdown can encompass a myriad of things, but for the purpose of this blog, suffice to say that I think of it as a person’s dramatic decline into a dysfunctional state marked by symptoms of any one or more of these: depression, anxiety, insomnia, flashbacks, increased physical vulnerability to illness, and exhaustion. Often its diagnosis is PTSD (go to http://www.giftfomwithin.org for more on PTSD). It can usher in huge financial outlays for therapy from people who are fortunate enough to afford therapy. It can also disrupt a persons income because of missed time at work if they’re fortunate enough to have a job. If however, a survivor is able to reach out, to get into therapy, and has a respectful, compassionate, wise and supportive network of people in her or his life, the benefits may ultimately far outweigh the costs. When the usual defenses breakdown, a person may become vulnerable enough for deep healing to begin. Here in the United States therapy is available for rich and poor alike through public, private and faith-based organizations, many of them non-profit. There are also groups offered over the internet like http://www.rainn.org, http://www.joyfulheartfoundation.org, and http://www.childhelp.org which are specifically designed to offer round-the-clock resources.