Book: The Invisible Storm by Juanima Hiattcategories: Book, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Memoir, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Trauma, Anxiety, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Veterans, PTSD
Juanima Hiattabout this book: The Invisible Storm is about my battle with PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder), and how I overcame the disorder. PTSD is a very dark, isolating, and lonely existence, and many sufferers tend to believe that once you have it, it's a life-long sentence. But that's a lie. I wrote The Invisible Storm to show others that healing is possible, and there is hope for a brighter future. I share my story to bring light into the darkness that so many are trapped in.
PTSD can be caused by any source of trauma. Mine stems from a history of childhood sexual abuse and rape that I swept under the rug when I was nineteen. I thought I was dealing with it, but repressing trauma is like a pressure cooker with a closed valve. Let it sit long enough, and you'll have an explosion on your hands. My life was great, until a traumatic childbirth in 2003. The event mirrored the abuse I had endured as a child in so many ways, the past came rushing into my present, and I was forced to live a waking nightmare of horror - reliving those past events - every day, and every night. At one point, I gave up hope completely of life ever being different.
The title of the book, The Invisible Storm, portrays the existence of one with PTSD - or any anxiety disorder, for that matter. A storm rages constantly inside, but it's invisible to the outside world. We hide it, so desperately wanting to be perceived as normal. We mask it, while struggling to hold ourselves - the shattered pieces - together. I went through the storm, and came out on the other side. Sharing this journey with others is a MUST. There is help, and there is hope for freedom.
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