From: Howard Jacobson <>
Subject: Yes, the pandemic is stressful. Is it also traumatic?

The current pandemic is triggering many of our old traumas.

And with increased stress, decreased control, lack of information, and social distancing, we're less able to cope with our resurfaced traumas than ever.

So what can we do for ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities?

Shay Seaborne is a trauma survivor, educator, and activist dedicated to demystifying trauma and helping people heal from – and with – Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD).

Seaborne survived childhood sexual abuse at the hands of family members, as well as abuse and torture at other hands during her teens, only to become retraumatized by a mental healthcare system that essentially incarcerated her against her will for as long as insurance would pay for it.

She found her own road to recovery, and what she recovered was herself. And that self – funny, caring, wise – is now paying it forward.

In our far-ranging conversation, we covered the origins of trauma, the mistaken societal beliefs that reinforce trauma and get in the way of healing, and ways of empowering trauma survivors to reconnect with their bodies.

Listen or watch here:


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