PTSD and me: my recovery journey

The Canary’s Kerry-Anne Mendoza was diagnosed with PTSD in 2018. She describes her 18-month journey into recovery as the “best gift” she ever gave herself. For Mental Health Awareness Week, Kerry-Anne is sharing her story with the world for the first time.

Trigger warnings: Childhood sexual abuse, rape, childhood physical abuse, childhood emotional neglect, difficult family relationships, mental ill health in a parent, narcissistic abuse, suicidal ideation, specific discussion of traumatic events.

Find out more about PTSD here.

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    1. Wow. I am a Psychologist working with people with complex trauma in the NHS. Thank you so much Kerry-anne for your immense courage and bravery in speaking about your experience and describing the process of recovery so powerfully. Please don’t underestimate the importance of this in helping others to belive that seeing life in full colour really is possible and that they can survive the pain.

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