Posts by Tom Leveen

Tom Leveen is the author of seven novels with imprints of Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harry Abrams. His most recent novel, Shackled, is about a girl dealing with PTSD and panic disorder as she deals with the kidnapping of her best friend. He is a frequent speaker and instructor at conferences, conventions, and schools. Visit him online at tomleveen.com.

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Take Your Power Back: How to Release Fear and Trauma

TRIGGER WARNING: This post deals with an account of physical and emotional abuse and may be triggering to some people.

“I say I am stronger than fear.” ~Malala Yousafzai

“Don’t be scared.” It’s so easy to say, yet sometimes, for many of us, so hard to accomplish.

When I was about three or four years old, my dad locked me in the chicken coop in our back yard. This was a punishment. I was naked and screaming, literally jumping up and down with terror.

Another punishment consisted of my mother rubbing human waste in my face.

There are other things …