A Story of Breaking Free
Stress Nation: An East Meets West To Healing Trauma
Urge Overkill Sneak Peek
Urge Overkill: A Story of Breaking Free is a coming of age, self-help awareness campaign about the insidious descent of a young social worker who sets out to save the world but slides slowly into the dark world of an abusive relationship. From her tumultuous teens to the Zen of communal living in college, she lands out West with the man of her dreams.
Isolated from family and friends, her adventure all too soon becomes a codependent quest to cure the alcoholic abuse of her troubled prince. After all, she is a social worker. And she loves him, right?
Determined to save him and their relationship, she almost loses herself. After three years, she finally got on a plane and moved across the country. But it’s not over. He stalks her, he even sends troubling messages, years later, to her young son’s cell phone.
It is said that neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the abuser, never the target. This is a cautionary tale – when is verbal abuse okay? When it turns into violence? When should you run? Her message: “Get out now!” She does not do that fast enough, but finally she does get out, heals and finds a wonderful new love.
Stress Nation: An East Meets West Approach To Healing Trauma
Stress nation is a term we can coin to describe our lives in the United States. A pandemic, political upheaval and the challenges of connectivity in modern life have ramped the pressure up to be the perfect storm.
If thought forms from the masses of collective consciousness were visible, would they look like big black clouds swirling with dense, electrical energy? Collectively it seems, our fear drives us to find safety and in anger we seek power and control.
On this larger scale, we are a nation in need of healing. There is only so much we can consume, so much medication we can take and only so many operations we can undergo using our allopathic medicine model alone to deal with our anxiety, depression and trauma.
With 70% of adults in the U.S. having experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives, that’s 223.4 million people. Consider that trauma is a risk factor in nearly all behavioral health and substance use disorders.
In the United States, a woman is beaten every 15 seconds and a forcible rape occurs every 6 minutes. More than 33% of youths exposed to community violence will experience PTSD.
How can we better support our traumatized, stressed nation, as the macrocosm? Experientially through the exploration of Western Psychology and Eastern complementary healing practices drawing from a wider range of treatment options.
We do it by starting with ourselves, as the microcosm and proactively seeking ways we can holistically heal our stress, anxiety and trauma. Especially our trauma.
"Jackson provides a vivid portrait of a smart, compassionate young social worker—with a slightly wild side, and deeply mystical side too. Urge Overkill chronicles her experience as she blasts off the tumultuous family farm and makes her way into her Zen-inspired college commune living, eventually finding her passion in crisis counseling. She heads west with the love of her life. But social work is much more demanding and he is much more aggressive than she ever expected.
Far away from her friends and family, she convinces herself it’s mostly just words, maybe a few bruises. But still she doesn’t say much to anyone. She of all people would know if she was in real danger, right? She’d know the signs of her own abuse? How does one intervene into one’s own crisis? Read on. The writing soars with insight while the story subtly sears the heart. This is a cautionary tale made ripe for the times."
Author, An Iridescent Life
Creative Director, Marcelle Ink,
Editor, Brain Child Magazine
Jackie Jackson started writing at age seven when she kept diaries and created books with drawings using folded paper stapled up the side. She continues these rituals to this day but the latter is done online. She has written on and offline for newspapers and magazines. She lives with her beloved family which includes: her husband, her two teenage sons and their dog Louie.