Harry has said that living with the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales makes him feel ‘helpless’ and ‘hunted’. I’ve been there
In an interview last month with Oprah for their jointly produced docuseries about mental health, The Me You Can’t See, Prince Harry made a deeply personal disclosure. Harry said he sought a special therapy program, EMDR, to process the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. He described how living with the trauma of her death makes him feel “helpless”, “hunted”, and as if “there is no escape”.
Before I was officially diagnosed with PTSD, painful childhood memories consumed my daily life, sometimes rendering me incapable of completing daily tasks. My PTSD was caused by a tumultuous childhood in a home with an alcoholic father and a rage-filled mother who lashed out at everything around her, including her children.
In the weeks and months after undergoing treatment, I could feel the therapy working. Today, I no longer experience debilitating flashbacks, chronic anxiety or depression
Christina Wyman is a teacher and writer living in Michigan. Her first book, Jawbreaker, is forthcoming with Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2023). Her essays have appeared in Marie Claire, ELLE, Ms, the Washington Post, and other outlets