Hi, my name is Tia Hollowood, and I am pleased to be joining the HealthyPlace blogging community as a writer for Trauma! A PTSD Blog. My trauma started early on in life, but now I can say I’m in PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) recovery and I believe that sharing our experiences can help us all (Telling Your Trauma Story: Why You Really Should).
While it is my PTSD that brings me here, it does not define me. I am a fantastic mom, relentless joker, nerd, human-rights advocate, crochet diva and avid learner. My curiosity has taken me on a broad professional path having been a teacher, parenting instructor, case manager, website designer, college professor, foster parent, childcare provider, and writer.
Tia Hollowood’s Undiagnosed PTSD
My trauma began in elementary school. My memories of those years are sparse. In my teens and young adulthood, I had a collection of symptoms including dissociation, hypervigilance, anxiety, self-destructive behaviors and low self-esteem. Having lived with these symptoms most of my life, I did not understand that they were anything other than “me.” I did not know they were treatable.
In my late 20s, I experienced a dissociative fugue. With the help of those close to me, I realized I needed professional help. This is when my path to recovery began. With the help of skilled therapists and psychiatrists, I slowly learned how to treat my PTSD.
Living in Recovery from PTSD
In the years since my diagnosis, I have come to a place of strength. I am a survivor, living in recovery. There are still challenging days, and I am grateful to have the supports and coping strategies necessary to move through them. Part of my self-care is reaching out to others who share similar experiences to mine.
It is my hope that by sharing my story, others may find information, support, and validation as we continue the journey of recovery. It is amazing what we can learn from each other when we have the strength to share.