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    Gender stereotypes can be traumatizing

    Stereotypes about gender are a part of our lives from even before we have been born. Pink for girls, blue for boys. Barbies for girls, trucks for boys. As we get socialized, messages of what makes us "feminine" or "masculine" are foisted upon us from every corner of life and if we don't align with these stereotypes we may feel a deep sense of rejection and insecurity in who we are and how we fit in.

    Have you ever felt pressured by conventional gender stereotypes? How have these contributed to your trauma? Share your thoughts below.

    #Trauma #PTSD #CPTSD #gender #genderstereotypes #gendernorms #femininity #masculinity #Identity


    The Feeling

    1 week til Christmas. Today i was supposed to have my biweekly therapy session, but it got cancelled because my therapist’s scheduling system did not schedule it. the anniversary of my mother’s death is December 24th so this session would have been super important. when you have sessions all the time, you don’t think about what happens when you don’t or they get cancelled. my initial reaction to finding out was anger, my core emotion connected to my depression, anxiety, and PTSD. anger is not a feeling I like to have. I ended up at Target and walked around in circles for an hour. it was only then that i realized i was doing it as a reaction to not having therapy. i then grabbed my reusable cup and my kindle and drove to a Starbucks to read the book my therapist recommended last session. that’s where i am now. i have plans with a friend later which is great. i am now
    more aware of my emotions and triggers like snow. i also just went to a wake for my partner’s aunt which was a trigger. i am
    currently full of emotions of anger, sadness, anxiety, frustration. also on my mind is what my identity is as a person. I am figuring out what masculinity means to me and who i am. since i don’t have therapy is weighs heavy on me. so i have to get through the week til the 30th when i have my replacement session. i can do it. #Depression #PTSD #Therapy #masculinity #Anxiety #Christmas #mother #SeasonalAffectiveDisorder


    Two Lives: From Boyhood to Manhood

    The boy on the left is afraid.

    Afraid of what others might think. Afraid to do something "uncool".

    Afraid to take a chance. Afraid to be with his family. Afraid to quit something he only enjoys 25% of the time.

    Afraid to conform, but also afraid to follow his own path. The boy on the left is afraid.

    The man on the right is at peace. Confident in his abilities. Valued by his friends for who he is.

    Understanding of the light he brings to the world, the value that all living things can bring to the world.

    Unafraid to express emotion. Unafraid to communicate his thoughts. Unafraid to take a chance. He follows his own path.

    The man on the right is at peace #masculinity #MentalHealth #Depression #Anxiety


    Is possible find another way of masculinity not be so toxic? Ppl relate masculinity with violence. #masculinity #transmasculinity