Surviving the Abuse of a Psychotic Parent

Surviving the abuse of a psychotic parent with Susannah Birch

In this episode of The Grass Gets Greener podcast, I'm joined by Susannah Birch of SusannahBirch.com. Susannah joins me to share her story of how she's been able to heal after nearly being killed at the age of two and a half when her mother had a psychotic break. 

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The Details

Traumatic experience:

When only two and a half years old, Susannah's mother had her first psychotic break and nearly killed Susannah while believing that she had to sacrifice her.

Effects of the traumatic experience:

Aside from growing up with physical reminders of the event, Susannah lacked social skills and had difficulty relating to others her age, especially boys, because she had to be home-schooled. She also experienced the fear that she would be like her mother when she had her own children.

Overcoming the traumatic experience:

Forgiveness for her mother along with finding the right psychologist to work with have helped Susannah get to a better place today. She also feels like the passage of time has helped her to heal. And writing her memoir has been therapeutic as well.

What Susannah does today:

Susannah wears many hats. She is currently a freelance journalist, birth doula, website builder, blogger, and activist.

Final Question:

Given what you know now, if you could go back to when you were going through the tough times and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?

Susannah's Answer: It will get better because nothing lasts forever.

Links Mentioned

SusannahBirch.com - Susannah's website where you can follow her work and connect with her

Women Without Mothers - Facebook page Susannah suggests for women who no longer have a mother in their lives

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