This article isn’t specific to neurologic disease, but a more universal human experience.
I’ve felt the overwhelming reverberations of trauma. In the aftermath of such unfortunate events, trauma can linger in the body, draining vitality as it erodes formerly healthy nervous systems.
It’s no stretch to consider trauma one of three main culprits of YOPD. For a plethora of reasons, I cannot and will not speak for all PwP, but my early diagnosis of Parkinson’s is less of a mystery as genetic predispositions are revealed.
It’s no mistake my first observable symptoms showed up during the most stressful time in my life. What occurred in that time, and subsequent years was a nightmare I did not know a human being could survive without being permanently broken, and thus crippled.
I did break. Completely. It was indeed a cumulative effect, and irreversible.
There are clichés, such as a “broken” heart, that contain more truth than most of us realize or want to admit. We consider such things in our minds (memory)to be voluntary, but there is much more to it than that.
Untreated trauma eventually kills people. It will ravage and terrorize, until you submit or explode. It can be mistaken for a weakness, a poor attitude, just or oddly rude and inappropriate behavior by uneducated or inexperienced observers.
By our own ignorance or unconsciousness, a common response is to pour gasoline on this kind of fire.
Hey there, got a light?
You know those classic movie renditions of trauma or PTSD containing flashbacks of the worst moments at incredibly inconvenient times? The feedback loop is jammed, and the victim is forced to relive the trauma repeatedly. Next up, anxiety.
This is not just in your head. Your experience isn’t even unique, it’s human.