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In Cracked Up we witness the effects adverse childhood experiences can have across a lifetime through the incredible story of actor, comedian, master impressionist and Saturday Night Live veteran, Darrell Hammond. Behind the scenes Darrell suffered from debilitating flashbacks, self injury, addiction and misdiagnosis, until the right doctor isolated the key to unlocking the memories his brain kept locked away for over 50 years. Cracked Up, director Michelle Esrick, creates an inspiring balance between comedy and tragedy helping us understand the impact of toxic stress and childhood trauma in a new light, breaking down barriers of stigma and replacing shame with compassion and hope.
Darrell Hammond's story of a survivor of childhood trauma really resonated with me.
I like how he says, "I won. But I hobble."
That pretty much sums up how it feels as we get older and live with our childhood trauma. It's not a matter of stuffing it away, or crying it out, or forgetting about it.
Being hurt by the very people we thought were there to protect us causes the brain to rewire, to try to make sense of what is happening.
This film is so powerful, moving, and sometimes funny, Darrell is a comedian.
We hear about some of the specific events that happened to him and can only imagine others. We learn how he lived with it, coped with it and has come to terms with it. He talks about medications, doctors, and his personal demons.
It brought me to tears.
A few of the more memorable lines from "Cracked UP"
"If you want to stay alive you have to come up with something."
"You have to forgive yourself for the way you tried to take care of yourself."
"To wake up one morning and bot be scared, wow."
"Your disrespecting me devastate me. But -- is the world gonna end?"
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