Repeated memories of a traumatic incident are most likely flashbacks. During a flashback, a person will reexperience the act as though it is happening again. The flashbacks may be triggered by something that reminds you of the traumatic event. Flashbacks are associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can develop after an individual experiences an extreme trauma. PTSD requires treatment from a mental health professional.
For five years you’ve attempted to manage your symptoms but now they are getting worse. You are having nightmares and believe that you are hallucinating. It’s important to be evaluated by a mental health professional. A mental health professional can determine if you have PTSD and effectively treat your symptoms. Your symptoms require professional help.
Rape is a very serious crime. Depending on the state in which you live, perpetrators can be prosecuted years after a rape has been committed. If you have not reported this crime to your parents or the authorities then you should. Work with a mental health professional who can assist you with the reporting process. These issues require immediate professional intervention. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle
Mental Health & Criminal Justice