2 Stories of Trauma and Recovery

Those who’ve experienced traumatic events often feel like they’re all alone, like no one else can understand their experience. Two prominent public figures describe their experiences of trauma and subsequent recovery through therapy and psychoanalysis.

In a thoughtful and poignant interview, Bruce Springsteen chronicles his upbringing with a paranoid schizophrenic father and his subsequent mental health stuggles. Psychoanalysis with his long term analyst allows him to come to terms with his past, become a healthier person, and build a happier marriage and family for himself. “You have to put together a person from all the stuff that you’ve been handed,” he says.

Writer Junot Diaz writes a raw and searing account of his legacy of childhood trauma and subsequent substance abuse and failed relationships. He finds healing and growth through a relationship with a therapist who stands by him and doesn’t give up. “No one can hide forever. Eventually what used to hold back the truth doesn’t work anymore. You run out of escapes, you run out of exits, you run out of gambits, you run out of luck. Eventually the past finds you.”

The past has a way of catching up to all of us. The things we deny or forget or choose to ignore can affect our lives in painful ways. If you’re struggling with past events and traumas consider getting started with therapy. It’s in a relationship with a safe, trusted, empathetic person that we can find healing.