Nothing Wrong: Extra Notes

In the years since I started writing these poems, I learned that much of what I was trying to express had labels. And that the reason for my pain and suffering were not as inexplicable as I thought. 


Sometimes it just helps to know that there is a label for what has happened to us. Below is a list of labels that pertain to the poems in “Nothing Wrong”. This list will be updated as I learn more myself.

  • parentification
  • selective mutism
  • the identified patient
  • medical neglect
  • religious abuse
  • religious trauma syndrome
  • narcissistic abuse
  • emotional abuse
  • emotional neglect
  • emotional incest
  • witnessing abuse and/or violence
  • sexual abuse
  • dissociation
  • attachment disorder
  • adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
  • developmental trauma
  • complex post traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD)
  • intergenerational trauma
  • gender preference
  • filial piety
  • patriarchy
  • selective amnesia
  • culture shock
  • third culture kids

Recommended Reading

Pete Walker, Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving

Bessel van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score

Marlene Winell, Leaving the Fold

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