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The Trauma of a Failed Relationship

I saw him sink to his knees, head in his hands, sobbing as he watched the kids wave goodbye and run across the lawn. He couldn’t see me watching, but I watched with a deep, sad curiosity. This man, a man so competent, with a tenured position, a graduate degree, a man well-liked by friends and colleagues, the dude you WANT to grab a beer with and shoot the shit, could no longer hold himself upright. This was the day I asked him to move out. While divorce doesn’t officially qualify as a traumatic event according to the DSM-V, anyone who has been through one, or known someone closely who has, knows that it is. As a former trauma therapist, who has worked with veterans, soldiers, with civilian

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