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If I Could Tell You How It Feels: My Life Journey With PTSD

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If I Could Tell You How It Feels is a series of essays and poems about living authentically with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Alexis Rose takes us on a journey into the reality of living with triggers, flashbacks, and the challenges of working through trauma. She writes with intimate vulnerability about the tough subjects of family, friendships, loss, grief, pare
Kindle Edition, 122 pages
Published January 16th 2018
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Brigid Gallagher
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alexis Rose was "a victim of unimaginable abuse for the first 20 years of her life, followed by 17 years of threats to stay silent."
She states " Sometimes we just want to say, I may look okay on the outside but, If I could really tell you how it feels..."
Thus she shares her symptoms of complex PTSD - flashbacks, inability to work full time, feeling overwhelmed...
There are beautifully written essays and poems on a number of related topics including grief and mindfulness, choices, the difference b
Ashley Peterson
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoirs, poetry
If I Could Tell You How It Feels: My Life Journey With PTSD captures Alexis Rose’s journey toward healing from PTSD. The book consists of narratives interspersed with poetry, along with beautiful art by Janet Rosauer. The chapters are short, which I always appreciate since it makes it easier for readers with concentration problems, and they flow nicely. Alexis doesn’t go into details of her trauma, minimizing the chance of triggering her readers.

Over the years Alexis has experienced severe sympt
Goth Gone Grey
Difficult but important read on CPTSD recovery

This is the first book I've read from this author, so I didn't know the part of her life she shared in her previous work.

More often than not, books on PTSD and CPTSD tend to be more textbook, self help, or workbook style. This is a first person account, almost journaling with poetry, of one woman's experience. She doesn't want to trigger others, so the events that caused her trauma are not fully described or explained. This is also an apt way to vie
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully written, heart-felt, in depth account of living with PTSD. The author exudes warmth and caring in her written words to those suffering from this complex disorder. The insights into the everyday trials she must deal with on physical and emotional levels are compelling. I am in awe of the courage and persistence she exhibits to forge ahead on a daily basis no matter how exhausting it must be. A unique aspect to the book was the addition of her poetry coupled with beautiful ph ...more
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Alexis Rose began her remarkable healing journey in 2009. Sparked by a family tragedy she began to piece together, for the first time, a personal history of abuse and trauma. Supported by her spirituality and writing, as well as family and friends, she has profoundly grown and changed over the years.

While learning to live with the effects of her trauma, and working with the deficits caused by PTSD

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