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Finding Home: The Magic of Feeling Seen and Heard

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“The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place to go where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” ~Maya Angelou In 2019, I found myself in a psychiatric institution sitting across from a psychologist who was grilling me about why I was there.

She seemed angry. I told her how heartbroken I was that no one “believed” the physical symptoms I was dealing with, caused by and benzodiazepine withdrawal.

I told her how my nervous system had been hijacked, and I could not control the terror I felt daily. I told her how everyone just assumed I was crazy and making it all up, and that even with a doctor’s diagnosis, I found myself in this terror alone each day.

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