Whether it’s trauma, family dynamics, inherited mental illness, or any number of other things outside of our control, it’s just not fair that we have to deal with something that’s not our fault.

It’s also the only way through…

As we learn more about the connection between nature and nurture (the current consensus is that it’s both), it seems clear that our mental health is significantly impacted by factors outside of our control. Individual biology, cultural influences, societal factors, socioeconomic status, family systems, intergenerational trauma, etc are all things we don’t choose. Additionally, we often don’t fully comprehend how these things have impacted us until it’s too late. Fortunately, growth isn’t just about prevention but also recovery. In other words, we are responsible for how we respond to the things that are outside of our control.

A big part of this responsibility is moving through what we’ve endured/are enduring. Being haunted by things that have happened or are happening to us can be torturous. While this can feel overwhelming, taking responsibility for what is in our control can bring much needed relief. You don’t have to be stuck with what’s happened to you. Being responsible can be empowering. In fact, sometimes it’s the only thing that breaks us out of feeling powerless.

* The information provided is for self-enrichment and not intended to replace any necessary mental health treatment.⁣

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Jonathan Dixon, LMFT
Alpha Omega Team