81 Trauma Quotes For People Dealing With PTSD

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Read these trauma quotes to help you deal with trauma.

I pray you all to heal from trauma.

Editor’s Pick

  1. “Trauma in a person, decontextualized over time, looks like personality. Trauma in a family, decontextualized over time looks like a family trait. Trauma in a people, decontextualized over time, looks like culture.Resmaa Menakem

Childhood Trauma Quotes

2. “Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different.” Oprah Winfrey

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3. “The greater a child’s terror, and the earlier it is experienced, the harder it becomes to develop a strong and healthy sense of self.” Nathaniel Branden

4. “If the sound of happy children is grating on your ears, I don’t think it’s the children who need to be adjusted.” Stefan Molyneux

5. “If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse one.” Shaili Jain

6. “Childhood trauma does not come in one single package.” Asa Don Brown

7. “It had been an occasion for reminiscing, but there are limits. And so my childhood falls into a black hole.” Ruth Klüger

8. “I have a gaping, painful hole in my soul. where good, loving parents and a normal, safe childhood, should have been.” Lilly Hope Lucario

9. “A great loss brings up an emotional storm that opens up a hidden reservoir of childhood pain” Pete Walker

10. ” You can spend a lifetime trying to forget a few minutes of your childhood.” Unknown

11. “After a cruel childhood, one must reinvent oneself, then reinvent the world.” Alon

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PTSD Trauma Quotes

12. “Trauma is personal. It does not disappear if it is not validated. When it is ignored or invalidated the silent screams continue internally heard only by the one held captive.” Danielle Bernock

13. “What if I told you that damage doesn’t define you and the way you survive is no one else’s business?” Nikita Gill

14. “Tragedy, no matter how sad, becomes boring to those not caught in its addictive caress.” Maya Angelou

15. “In a world infatuated with victimhood, has trauma emerged as a passport to status – our red badge of courage?” Parul Sehgal

16. “No greater desire exists than a wounded person’s need for another wound.” Georges Bataille

17. “The image of perfection I portrayed was nothing more than a figurative house, built for protection from the elements of my inner suffering.” Oriana Allen

18. “The image of perfection I portrayed was nothing more than a figurative house, built for protection from the elements of my inner suffering.” Oriana Allen

19. “Post-traumatic stress injury isn’t a disease. It’s a wound to the soul that never heals.” Tom Glenn

20. “After a traumatic experience, the human system of self-preservation seems to go onto permanent alert, as if the danger might return at any moment.” Judith Lewis Herman

21. “Just when you think you’re in a good place, one small trigger sends you spiraling down again.” Unknown

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Trauma Bonding Quotes

22. “But we have each other. And we’ll keep choosing each other, and keep getting better, together.” H.E. Edgmon

23. “The capacity for dissociation enables the young child to exercise their innate life-sustaining need for attachment in spite of the fact that principal attachment figures are also principal abusers.” Warwick Middleton

24. “The little girl’s dependency on her father made [his] abuse more insidious.” Joan Frances Casey

25. “Maybe it was our shared trauma, or maybe it was a combination of things, but I felt warmth emanate from my heart and spread throughout my chest.” Theresa Braun

26. “Although the victim may disclose the abuse, the trauma bond means that the victim may also wish to receive comfort from the very person who abused them.” Unknown

27. “Maybe it was our shared trauma, or maybe it was a combination of things, but I felt warmth emanate from my heart and spread throughout my chest.” Unknown

28. “Delusional pain hurts just as much as the pain from actual trauma. So what if it’s all in your head?” Tracy Morgan

29. “Trauma bonding makes you physiologically addicted to abuse. This explains why going no contact feels like you are coming off a drug.” Unknown

30. “When all you know is fight or flight, red flags and butterflies all feel the same.” Cindy Cherie

31. “To live in the body of a survivor is to never be able to leave the scene of the crime. I cannot ignore the fact that I live here.” Blythe Baird

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Love Trauma Quotes

32. “There is tremendous trauma in the betrayal caused by a perpetual liar as they repeatedly commit psychological abuse.” Cathy Burnham Martin

33. “Do not do her work for her. Do not build her up in your mind. She’s only one woman.” Seth Dickinson

34. “she feels alive when she infects your wounds.” Laura Gentile

35. “When I give you my time I’m giving you a portion of my life that I can never get back. Please don’t make me regret it.” Unknown

36. “I’m not weak, I was trusting. I’m not giving up, I’m healing. I’m not incapable of love, I’m giving. I’m not alone, I see you all here. I’m fighting this.” Rene Smith

37. “You survived the abuse. Now, you’ll survive the recovery.” Unknown

38. “When all you know is fight or flight, red flags and butterflies all feel the same.” Cindy Cherie

39. “I am left with basically nothing. Too trapped in a war to be at peace, too damaged to be at war.” Daniel Somers

40. “The drama and the trauma of the relationship you have when you’re 16 can mirror the one you have when you’re 26. Life repeats itself.” Taylor Swift

41. “Love is the most beautiful thing to have, the hardest thing to earn, and most painful thing to lose.” Unknown

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Emotional Trauma Quotes

42. “There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.” Laurell K. Hamilton

43. “The trauma said, ‘Don’t write these poems. Nobody wants to hear you cry about the grief inside your bones.” Andrea Gibson

44. ” Only our pillow knows the amount of emotions we hide from the world.” Unknown

45. “I wasn’t empty because others abandoned me, but because I had abandoned myself.” L.M. Browning

46. “I feel no emotional connection to these outwardly human gestures. I am not there, because I never left Afghanistan.” Jake Wood

47. “I did not ask for the things that I’ve been through, and I certainly did not ask my mind to paint and repaint the pictures in flashback form.” Michelle Groth

48. “Healing is not an overnight process. It is a daily cleansing of pain, it is a daily healing of your life.” Leon Brown

49. “The shrinks call it Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I call it hell. The demons are waiting in each corner, ready to drag me back to the battlefield.” James Coyne

50. “One day you will tell your story of how you overcame what you went through and it will be someone else’s survival guide.” Unknown

51. “You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have.” Bob Marley

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Healing From Trauma Quotes

52. “There are all kinds of addicts, I guess. We all have pain. And we all look for ways to make the pain go away.” Sherman Alexie

53. “God wants you to be delivered from what you have done and from what has been done to you. Both are equally important to Him.” Joyce Meyer

54. “I had been fortified by trauma, the way a bone, once broken, grows back stronger than it had been.” Charles Blow

55. “The wound is not my fault but the healing is my responsibility.” Williamson

56. “The habits you created to survive will no longer serve you when it’s time to thrive. Get out of survival mode. New habits, new life.” Eboni Davis

57. “Just because pain is part of your story, doesn’t mean it must be part of its ending.” Stephanie M. Hutchins

58. “People start to heal the moment they feel heard.” Cheryl Richardson

59. “You don’t have to save me, you just have to hold my hand while I save myself.” Unknown

60. “Healing happens when you’re triggered and you’re able to move through the pain, the pattern, the story and walk your way to a different ending.” Vienna Pharaon

61. “I won’t let pain, turn my heart into something ugly. I will show you that surviving can be beautiful.” Christy Ann Martine

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Short Trauma Quotes

62. “To close your eyes will not ease another’s pain.” Chinese Proverb

63. “I wish my head could forget what my eyes have seen.” Dave Parnell

64. “Hold yourself back, or heal yourself back together. You decide.” Brittany Burgunder

65. “Every day begins with an act of courage and hope: getting out of bed.” Mason Cooley

66. “The symptoms of trauma and ADHD are often confused.” Jessica Marie Baumgartner

67. “The mind replays what the heart can’t delete.” Unknown

68. “It isn’t about what’s wrong with you, it’s about what happened to you.” Unknown

69. “Wounds won’t heal the way you want them to, they heal the way they need to.” Dele Olanubi

70. “I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” C.G. Jung

71. “The best way out is always through.” Robert Frost

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Best Trauma Quotes

72. “Unlike other forms of psychological disorders, the core issue in trauma is reality.” Bessel A. van der Kolk

73. “Most people have no imagination. If they could imagine the sufferings of others, they would not make them suffer so.” Anna Funder

74. “The only part of you that hurts when you’re given the truth is the part that lives on lies.” Stefan Molyneux

75. “It’s society’s stigma that traumatizes people, not some inherent mental weakness or disability.” Marty Rubin

76. “Instead of being ashamed of what you’ve been through, be proud of what you have overcome.” Dr. Phil

77. “It isn’t in my past. It’s in my every day.” Helen Wilson

78. “It’s not the person refusing to let go of the past, but the past refusing to let go of the person.” Sonawane Raj

79. “Trauma is a fact of life. It does not, however, have to be a life sentence.” Peter A. Levine

80. “There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.” Laurell K. Hamilton

81. “When you can tell your story and it doesn’t make you cry, you know you have healed.” Karen Salmansohn

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