Several years ago I started a blog called “I Left the Fold” – a title derived from the book Leaving the Fold by Marlene Winell.
“Religious Trauma Syndrome (RTS) is a new term, coined by Marlene Winell to name a recognizable set of symptoms experienced as a result of prolonged exposure to a toxic religious environment and/or the trauma of leaving the religion. It is akin to Complex PTSD, which is defined as ‘a psychological injury that results from protracted exposure to prolonged social and/or interpersonal trauma with lack or loss of control, disempowerment, and in the context of either captivity or entrapment, i.e. the lack of a viable escape route for the victim’.”
I never finished the book, but maybe it is time to open it again and do the work that she outlines so that I can get fully well.
I have come a loooong way, but my journey of leaving the fold began back in 1980 and the events leading up to me physically packing up my two littles (2 and 4 years old) and moving from Elmira, NY to Houston TX by greyhound bus.
I have touched on some of my past… maybe now is the time to get back in the “road.”
Thanks for stopping by.