Breaking the cycle: how abuse is perpetuated generationally, and why I decided to take a stand

Part of an ongoing series about life with complex post-traumatic stress disorder

People didn’t want to believe me when I told them I’d become an angry tyrant at home; it felt like they didn’t want to label me as an abuser because I have experienced so much trauma and because I am so (relatively) young. But for about a year, I was controlling, manipulative, dismissive, unfriendly, belittling, demanding…in short, many…