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In this powerful memoir, Juanima divulges a plunge into a darkness few are able or willing to speak about: the terrifying, anxiety-driven world of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Her family unaware, Juanima endures abuse and multiple rapes as a child, and at nineteen years of age decides to lock the memories away into “the vault” – the darkest recesses of her mind – ...more
Paperback, 299 pages
Published June 21st 2012 by CreateSpace (first published January 1st 2012)
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Juanima Hiatt
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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I wrote The Invisible Storm because as I suffered the debilitating pain of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), my heart broke at the thought of others suffering in the same way. As I researched the disorder, I discovered that many suffer, but keep silent. They live in fear, terrified of facing the trauma that brought on their crippling symptoms. I understand, because I lived that way, too. But as I maintained the denial, my symptoms worsened. I didn't experience any kind of freedom until I fa ...more
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder has always been, and probably will continue to be to a certain extent, a great mystery to me.

I had an easy and affirming childhood; I had some struggles, of course, specifically as a result of bullying throughout my middle school years, but my home was always a safe place. I may not always have been cognizant of the steps my parents took to preserve me from harm, but I always had some love to hold on to.

Many of my friends were not so blessed. In four years of

Sharon Lippincott
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I sometimes make it a point to read a book outside my comfort zone to stretch and grow. Juanima Hiatt's exquisitely crafted memoir, The Invisible Storm, is one of those books. The topic of sexual abuse is definitely outside my comfort zone, and the book did stretch my heart and understanding at least a couple of sizes.

The first chapter had me quivering with rage at the barbaric mistreatment Hiatt experienced during the delivery of her second child. The delivery trauma plunged her into an acute c
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Juanima Hiatt's journey of abuse, her development of PTSD, and her fight to heal and overcome her fears is incredible. The Invisible Storm is not just for people suffering from PTSD, it is for anyone and everyone. She will take you through her ups, downs, and back up again. For people who do suffer from PTSD you will relate and see how Nima fought her way through and still is. Maybe it could even help find away that could help you in healing and moving forward. If you don't suffer from PTSD this ...more
Sonia Marsh
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A Transformational Story of Healing From Childhood Trauma, Hurt and Pain.

Through her journey, Juanima Hiatt, depicts her life, starting with the painful and traumatic birth of her second daughter which triggers a series of emotions battling inside her mind.
At first we believe that Juanima suffers from postpartum depression but soon realize that this is far more serious with her recurring nightmares and anxiety and realize there is a hidden past she is not disclosing.
We hear about the sexual ab
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
With raw emotion, painful honesty, and a deep desire to help others, Juanima Hiatt has written her story of struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in The Invisible Storm.

Likely we have all heard the acronym PTSD, and most often it has been with the stories of returning members of the military service branches who have been deployed to Iraq, Pakistan orAfghanistan in recent years.

Juanima's story is not so different from those returning from war with PTSD, except that Juanima has neve
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Extremely sad, yet very hopeful, account of her life and experience with abuse and PTSD. This was a tough read because of the amount and intensity of abuse she suffered at the hands of several people. She suffered countless abuses over and over, yet was still able to overcome and work towards healing. A must read for anyone suffering from PTSD, or an abuse survivor, or anyone who wants to understand what it's like to endure such torment. Here are my favorite quotes from the book:

"I had forgotten
Kathleen Pooler
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
With honesty and bravery, Juanima Hiatt brought me into her world of abuse, depression and PTSD in her memoir, "The Invisible Storm" in a way that made me feel I was "in her skin". The first chapter about the traumatic birth of her second child,the trigger for her PTSD is vivid and riveting and immediately hooked me into her story. She wove in past and present events into a narrative that flowed and kept me connected to her struggles with reconciling her past and present. Her voice is authentic ...more
Rhonda Rae Baker
This memoir was incredible...I am still churning over the pages as it brought back some of my own PTSD issues. An amazing story of survival and triumph over what it takes to move on when life becomes too difficult to imagine. My heart and soul go out to Nima for what she has endured and how beautiful her story is for others who need to understand that anything can be processed...we can all heal. I will be sharing this with my children and pouring through each section as I continue to pen my own ...more
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Juanima Hiatt writes from Oregon whenever she can grab precious silence. She is a member of Willamette Writer’s Group and the critique group, Scribophile. Juanima has a special place in her heart for kids – especially teens – and a fervent desire to help people. She loves movies, fly-fishing, hunting, nature, and any activity with her husband and two daughters. Her memoir, The Invisible Storm, por ...more
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