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Bringing Trauma Into View

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Tomas Casado-Frankel spoke to Represent about how to safely guide a youth who’s been through trauma toward self-knowledge and self-acceptance. He is a licensed marriage family therapist and a graduate of the child and adolescent psychotherapy training program at the William Alanson White Institute. Represent: What is disassociation? Tomas Casado-Frankel: Dissociation is a mental escape […]

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Easier to Write it

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My big sister and I moved in with my aunt when I was 9, and I was angry. I expressed that by fighting with my sister. But fighting made me depressed. I’d say things to my sister like “I wanna die,” and “I don’t wanna be in this world.” I didn’t tell anyone else how […]

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Big Lies and Great Expectations

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I stared at the large 64 circled in red at the top of my test: one point from passing. I folded the paper in half and hurried out of class, too embarrassed to look my teacher in the eye. This was the third time in a row I had failed a test. “How did you […]

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I Do Better Accepting My Depression Than Fighting It

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As a child, I flamed with creative energy and pleasure in connecting with humans or animals. My 2nd grade teacher told me I would be a great writer one day. My elementary art teacher encouraged me to create an odd mystical creature statue, and draw a picture book which I titled Two Sister Seals. It […]

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