You make yourself available on the internet. A publically resourced, government-founded network. But, if someone from outside the "norm" of shiny, happy people has something to say about toxic positivity, it can't be seen as worthy of being criticism. It has to be worthy of only sarcasm and victim blaming.

I don't need a self-righteous spiel about how I need to stop being a victim. Don't you know that's half of Medium's self-help content? I guess you don't read their own crap. It was probably the second and third article recommends to me after yours. Oh, the self-fulfilling prophecy. That gem is in every Medium article in your genre. Good thing, I am seen as crazy because I respond in a traumatized way to content constantly being written for the perfectly healthy American. It's ableist. Indeed, that shall be my new content focus. I won't write it on comments on your articles. I will write me own articles highlighting articles and then demonstrating how the material is ableist, particularly to traumatized people.

Because guess what? I would love, love, love to implement your idea of seeking trauma-informed therapy, but I can neither afford it, get my husband with the money to approve paying for it, or even find one. So, if you're in the Twin Cities area and you even know of a trauma informed therapist who takes Health Partners, let me know. I have been seeing a therapist once a week since 1992. I obviously need something more intensive than that. I got PTSD treatment once. That was supposedly evidence-based practice. They tell you to pick one trauma. Just one. Out of the sea of them. I don't even think I picked correctly, but how the hell are you supposed to know? You get to pick one. And then you take your soul like it's rubbing against a cheesegrater for seven weeks. At the end, they declare you better. All I felt was worse. Much worse. I think that treatment has been tried with men. Men who went to war. Or women who were raped once. Or people who had one health crisis. I don't think that method has been well -tested on complex PTSD or people like me.

My PhD was a specialty in mental health services and quality of care, by the way. I critiqued the quality of provision of mental health services for my research career. And social services. For example, in the journal, Social Work, you can find my academic paper, Quality of Social Services: Expanding the Social Work Dialogue. I would critique Medium as I would any other provider of a service that ends up providing mental health services provisions to the public. And I take the duty very personally.

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From 1976–77, I was living with the FLDS polygamist cult. In 1982, I went to foster care. From these traumas, a thousand more would launch.

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Deborah Megivern

Deborah Megivern

From 1976–77, I was living with the FLDS polygamist cult. In 1982, I went to foster care. From these traumas, a thousand more would launch.

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