EMOTIONAL WOUND THESAURUS

BATTLING A MENTAL DISORDER



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Emotional wounds will steer a character's behavior, corrupt his worldview, and cause negative traits to form. To understand exactly how this occurs, please read our tutorial for the Wound Thesaurus.

NOTE: We realize that sometimes a wound we profile may have personal meaning, stirring up the past for some of our readers. It is not our intent to create emotional turmoil. Please know that we research each wounding topic carefully to treat it with the utmost respect.
EXAMPLES:
Anxiety disorders
Bipolar mood disorder
Schizophrenia
Personality disorders, such as anti-social, narcissistic, and dissociative disorder (formerly known as multiple personality disorder)
Chronic depression
Eating disorders
Impulse control disorders (kleptomania, pyromania, compulsive gambling, etc.)
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Debilitating phobias (agoraphobia, social anxiety phobia, etc.)

WOUND CATEGORY:
Disorders and Disabilities

BASIC NEEDS OFTEN COMPROMISED BY THIS WOUND:
physiological needs, safety and security, love and belonging, esteem and recognition, self-actualization

LIES THAT MAY DEVELOP FOR CHARACTERS WITH THIS WOUND:
They can’t care for themselves or others
They're so messed up, no one would ever love them
Everyone is out to get them
They don’t need medication or treatment
Their dreams are out of reach
They're broken and beyond repair
They're the only person struggling in this way
They're just a burden to others. It would be better if they didn’t exist

THE CHARACTER MAY FEAR:
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POSSIBLE RESPONSES AND RESULTS:
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POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES THAT MAY RESULT:
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NEGATIVE TRAITS THAT MAY RESULT:
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TRIGGERS THAT MIGHT AGGRAVATE THIS WOUND:
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STEPS TOWARD HEALING:
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OPPORTUNITIES TO FACE OR OVERCOME THIS WOUND:
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