Here are some healing resources that I’ve come across in my own healing work. I’m a trauma survivor and artist; I’m not a licensed mental health professional or anything of the sort. I do like licensed therapists and encourage you to find one who is a good fit for you.
If it’s all too much
If you’re finding life entirely too much, please reach out for help. It turns out that people really like to help. Asking for help is a kind of gift, truly. You might try:
Jennifer Hecht tells you why you should stay (On Being podcast)
If you have trauma in your body
Strongly recommend The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk and Peter Levine’s books including Waking the Tiger. Also, My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem.
Resmaa Menakem talks about trauma & race (On Being)
Bessel van der Kolk, how trauma lodges in the body (On Being)
Peter Levine on healing trauma (Being Well podcast)
If you had a hard childhood
Pete Walker’s website is a great resource for childhood trauma and complex PTSD. Includes some free articles, therapy resources. His book Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving is excellent.
Pete Walker on complex and developmental trauma (Being Well podcast)
What is CPTSD? (Beauty after Bruises)
For sciencey researchy types: Dr. Bruce Perry on developmental trauma (Being Well podcast)
Gabor Mate on how our childhood shapes every aspect of our lives (Motherkind podcast)
Also the book Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents, Dr. Lindsay Gibson, is on fire.
On Shifting Toward Nonviolence
See the books of Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema Chodron, Tara Brach (Buddhist perspective)
All human beings should read Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg
Then they should read The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz
Metta (Lovingkindness) meditation: See Sharon Salzberg’s book Lovingkindness
Imagining the nonviolent state with Ta’nehisi Coates, Ezra Klein
Note to Evan. Add sections on addiction, depression and anxiety, loneliness, psychedelic therapy. Thanks–Evan