Real stories of recovery

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Healing from generational trauma: Claudia’s story

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and Claudia* was unable to see her family and friends due to working in a hospital, she felt isolated.

“Being isolated forced me to take a hard look in the mirror and suddenly all the
feelings I hadn't dealt with in my past were resurfacing,”
Claudia says.

Claudia was raised by her hard-working mom, after her dad passed away when she was only three years old. Growing up, her mom found it difficult to express love and affection, and at times physically abusing Claudia.

“My mom came to Canada at a very young age from Chile,” Claudia says. “She grew up in a home where she was physically abused, but in Latino culture this is seen as discipline.”

In addition to the abuse, Claudia experienced trauma as a teenager that she bottled away because that’s what she was taught to do.

“In our culture, depression isn't a real thing,” Claudia explains. “Our parents, their parents, and so forth, all grew up thinking depression was just a phase, that you just had to get over it and keep moving forward.”

When the pandemic hit, Claudia found herself in a very dark place and her
depression and anxiety were at an all-time high.

“I could no longer ignore what I was going through – depression and anxiety were not just a phase for me.”

Claudia’s employer offered her therapy sessions and she was connected to Rosemary at the Healthcare Worker Assist program through Ontario Shores.

“Rosemary has been so amazing in helping me process my thoughts and provide me with all the tools needed to help me with my anxiety,” Claudia says. “Through the few sessions I have had, I have gained back hope and motivation to get through each day.”

Claudia is sharing her story to inspire others to turn to therapy when needed.

“I look forward to each session because I am learning tools that I can use for the rest of my life, and will be able to teach my kids someday if they are ever going through depression and anxiety.”

* Name and identity changed to protect privacy.


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