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Stuck In Childhood

I experienced three consecutive traumas during childhood — the first living alone with my severely depressed and volatile mother whose moods terrified me, the second a long period of violent sexual abuse culminating in my rape at age 9, the third a very open rejection and subsequent abandonment by my father. I’m now 23 and my life is beautiful. I have dealt with most of my issues. But one that won’t leave me alone...
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I Hate Speaking

From the : I’m 17 and I don’t like to speak and I try to avoid every situation where I have to speak. I’ve been doing this since I was little but I would only avoid speaking to other children. However as I got older I stopped talking to teachers. When my teachers called on me I would just stay silent. Now I’m doing it to my family. When my mother or siblings says...
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Reconnecting with Others But Dealing with Social Anxiety and Emotional Trauma

I’m asking for your help and I’m hopeful that you can point me in the right direction. The shape of my life is good, but there are lingering anxieties that have not resolved themselves in time. I’ve had the painful experience of being the target of bullying numerous times throughout my life. I’ve grown increasingly immune to bullying but unbeknownst to me a symptom has emerged. These episodes of bullying were traumatic but the...
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I Think I Might Have Depression

I’m 14 years old, and I think I might have depression, but I’m not sure. On and off for the past year, I’ve been not motivated, and whenever I try to get organized or “Get my life together” it only lasts a few days. Yesterday I fell asleep at 8pm without doing my homework and woke up at 8am. I still felt exhausted, and my mom let me stay home because she thought I...
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I’m Freaking Out

From the : I’ve been diagnosed with OCD since summer of 2013 after I had 3 weeks of horrible intrusive thoughts, causing me to cry constantly. I started at 50mg of Zoloft, though soon I had to up it to 75mg then 100mg. I’ve been doing okay with the 100mg, though sometimes I forget to take it. The reason it all started (What I believe…) is after seeing the movie “The #8221; It messed...
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Will My OCD and Schizophrenia Come Back?

Hi, I’m 17 years old and although I haven’t been diagnosed I am 100% sure that I had early onset childhood schizophrenia and OCD (started around when I was 7 yrs old). My dad has schizophrenia and my mom and brother have Aspergers, if that’s relevant. The thing is most of my OCD went away around age 12 (I still do some compulsions) and I stopped having schizophrenia symptoms around age 10/11 and I...
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My Girlfriend’s Teen-Aged Daughter Is Disrespectful

From the : My girlfriend and I have been seeing each other for the last eight months. We get along great, have similar values, goals, philosophies on life and many other things in common that are very difficult to find in a mate. I have a soon to be eight-year-old son and she has a daughter that just turned 17. My son and my girlfriend have a great relationship. His mother is still very...
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I’m Having a Particularly Bad Day

From the : I’m having a particularly bad day. For the last week I’ve felt great. When I woke up this morning I had raging anger. I’m also having motivational issues. I have a family, but I can barely take care of myself. My husband recently lost his job also. I’m trying to find a therapist to replace my retired one but need some coping techniques until a therapist is established. A: It sounds...
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Did My Grandmother Molest Me?

From the : Hello. I was molested by a relative of our neighbor when I was 5, but I’m not sure if what my grandmother did also counts as molestation. She would joke around with me and touch me between my legs and I would always laugh because she convinced me that this was all in good fun. I was around the ages of 4 or 5. She never did this around my mother,...
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Vivid Thoughts of Suicide

It started when I was seventeen, and stopped for quite sometime, just starting up again a few months ago. Only, now it’s more vivid. More terrifying. Yet, more… relaxing. I keep having extremely vivid daydreams/thoughts about killing myself. When I was a teenager, it was bleeding out. A razor across my wrists. Now, it’s a gun to the head. Barrel in mouth as the skull splits and cracks apart. Blood and gray matter spattered...
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Controlling Parents

My boyfriend and I broke up in early November because my friends and family started saying that he was trying to keep me from them and started a rumor that he was a woman beater. My best friend heard this rumor and called my mother which in return she freaked out on my boyfriend. This rumor is not true, he has never laid a hand on me. Me and my boyfriend could not survive...
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Have Periods of Feeling Really Low, Anger Issues, Very Irritable, Rely on Alcohol to Control These Episodes

Hi, for about 3 years now I have been feeling low on and off, sometimes I’m fine, then sometimes I feel really irritable/angry/low. I just flip, out of know where sometimes. I depend on alcohol when this happens as I feel it relaxes me, I know this isn’t the right way of dealing with things, but it definitely helps. I shut off friends during these episodes. I have been to see a counselor recently,...
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