First off, I talk a bit about consent and how our society tends to overlook it. Consent is vitally important for relationships to work well, but we tend to instead favor subtlety and mystery. Without an open line of communication between partners, relationships are at risk of falling apart. In the worst cases, relationships can become either physically or emotionally abusive. Are you doing your part to ensure you are using consent in your relationships?
In the story discussion I detail what lead up to me having my breakdown over Lindsey. I learned that I had been using Lindsey as a means to get over my own personal demons instead of seeing her as relationship partner. I also talk about how the lack of communication between Lindsey and I caused us to think of our relationship two different ways. Finally, I discuss how my attempts at masculinity and my understanding of what it means to be a man helped to bring about my ultimate panic attack.
Have you suffered any moderate to severe emotional trauma due to a relationship? How did you cope with it? Let me know in the comment section below.
Remember if you feel you are suffering from mental illness, I highly recommend finding a therapist, counselor, or good friend you can speak candidly with. Doing so is what helped me through my issues.
- Movie dialogue and sound clips from The Perks of Being a Wallflower courtesy of Summit Entertainment.
- August 17, 2015