Ask the Therapist About Trauma

Engrained Symptoms Being Triggered Involuntarily

From Canada: First, I’ve always had a ton of stress, depression, and anxiety from being raised by dysfunctional parents (which persists), along with other things. However, newer issues have really started taking there toll on me when I suffered an injury to my neck. This neck injury (atlas and upper neck instability) actually caused overwhelming symptoms by basically constantly overactivating my sympathetic nervous system, and also impeding blood flow to my brain. These symptoms...
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How to Help Boyfriend Who Just Told Me He Was Molested Several Times As A Child

My boyfriend just told me that he was abused as a child by several different people. One of the predators was a family friend, one was a classmate, and one was a family member. He told me his parents were angry with him for not speaking up sooner and basically blamed him. He is a very sweet man and extremely overprotective of his little brother because one of his molesters threatened to do the...
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Compound Grief and PTSD

From the : I started to write my life story but then realized it would take 10 pages so I will try to sum it up best I can. I had a really bad childhood full of neglect , abuse, abandonment and family mental illnesses. I always had anxiety as a child but was able to mask it as I thought people would think there was something wrong with me. As I got older...
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Panic and Self Harm When Hearing a Lot of Noise

Sometimes when I hear any loud noises, or even any noise, if it keeps going for any length of time, at times, I just freak out and self harm and scream and yell at myself. I just want to run and hide somewhere perfectly, completely quiet. It’s only sometimes that I feel this way, and it seems to be when a lot of other things are already bothering me. I don’t know why or...
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Psychological Child Abuse?

My 4 year old nephew lives with my parents and I, but since he was 2 he has called me mommy and looked to me as his mother figure. His mom is a drug addict and abandoned him and sees him only occasionally and was present when his father beat my sister. Lately, my whole family has been yelling at him and telling him I am not his mother and to stop calling me...
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Parental Neglect / Childhood

Is this normal behavior for a parent to neglect spending time with their kid(s)? Before I turned 10, my childhood was good and I have fond memories of my family hanging out / doing activities together. However, after reaching the age of 10, my father just stopped bothering to spend time with his children. Over the years he acts like he wants to hang out but when time rolls around for the activity to...
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Can’t Visualize My Therapist

Recently became very depressed and really felt like ending my life. I also have a dissociative disorder (de-realization – though I did not know until recently what the symptoms were called), I suffer from frequent nightmares, about 1 every 10 days, I was abused and neglected as a child. I only did anything about this 3 months ago when I became very depressed. I have been in Therapy 3 months. Ok, someting very strange...
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I Don’t Know if I Was Sexually Abused

Hi, I’m a 17 year old girl, and the past couple of years I have many times caught myself wondering if I could have possibly been sexually abused around the age of 5-7, but I have no actual memory of such a thing ever happening to me. The reasons I have though of this are many. First of all, I am very scared of initmacy, and even though I experience attraction (though only towards...
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Self-Harm, Violent Thoughts, Sadism

From the United Kingdom: Ok, I’m having an issue with my mental health (I am seeing a counselor but that’s in three months and I’m a little desperate). I’m having violent thoughts and I’m enjoying it, I hurt myself because it feels good and I want to hurt others as weird as this sounds I want to show them the good feeling. The only reason I don’t is because of the Law, I’m incredibly...
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Help! I’ve Been Extremely Depressed, Anxious and Paranoid for Months Now

I think I should start off by saying I didn’t have a very good childhood. My parents divorced when I was 5, my dad was a meth addict, and my mom was always busy working to provide for us that I spent most of my time at my grandparents. I was overweight and very shy, and hardly even tried to make friends because of my lack of self confidence that caused me to always...
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I Am Other People in My Head

Hi, I have something that’s been worrying me… You know how you see yourself as yourself? Well with me, I see myself as different people. When I picture myself or become aware of myself, I am another person. An example, one of the people I see myself as is a feminine guy with long hair. When I’m him I feel like guy, and take on a different personality. Another main one, is I become...
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