How to be human: finding new ways to cope

Leah Reich was one of the first internet advice columnists. Her column “Ask Leah” ran on IGN, where she gave advice to gamers for two and a half years. During the day, Leah is a Senior User Researcher for Slack, but her views here do not represent her employer. You can write to her at askleah@theverge.com and read more How to be Human here.

Hi Leah,

I’m in my late twenties and feeling stuck with not being able to come to terms with my childhood trauma of growing up with a paranoid schizophrenic mother.

I worry about conflating the good moments with the manic, sometimes violent episodes. All I can remember is the yelling and the fighting. It’s hard to remember the nurturing moments. I feel bad for imagining her now in the present as a…

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