How my mom’s family passed trauma down, generation to generation

Me at seven.
Me at 16.
Water massages as a treatment for hysteria (c. 1860).
Ona (left) with Cassie (right) and Gus T. Jones (center), my grandfather, at the Memphis Zoo in 1953.
Cassandra.
Smyrna/Myrrha giving birth to Adonis.
Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, Georgia.
My mom (right) and a classmate at Milledgeville in June 1961.
Me at eight, sitting in a garbage bag full of water on a hot day.
Brawner Hospital in Smyrna, Georgia.
The couch where Sigmund Freud’s patients rested as they talked.
Brain weasels patch by thimblewinder. Buy one here: https://squareup.com/store/thimblewinder/item/brain-weasels-patch-and-membership-card.

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