"Church PTSD" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward
Are you suffering from church PTSD?
I know I did!
It's wise to not underestimate the profound affects negative experiences in the church can have on you. There are degrees of intensity of PTSD, but PTSD is PTSD!
Agreed: Not everyone who leaves the church suffers from PTSD.
Agreed: Many do!
I remember a couple of years after I left the ministry and the church, I visited a very liberal, open church. But it was an extremely triggering experience for me. I caught myself pushing myself back into my chair as I endured the controlling, ridiculing, and shaming undertones¬†of the preacher's words... something most people there were probably completely oblivious to.
Now I can recognize it and manage it when I find myself in those situations. I learned how to do it.
It is helpful to get therapy for it. You can
experience wholeness. You will
¬†remember it without reliving it.
I'm a living testimony to that. So are many of my friends at The Lasting Supper
. Join us. We can help you recover well.
(If you want to read more about PTSD, check out this article from the Mayo Clinic!)