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Nice To Find a Place Like This - Physically and Emotionally Abused

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by sparta21, Jun 11, 2007.

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  1. sparta21

    sparta21 Member

    Hi. My name is Jeff, and I live in Chicago. I'm 43. I was physically, verbally, and emotionally abused by my parents and step father from birth until I was around 23. The last 20 years have been filled with depression, anxiety, binge drinking and self-hatred. I've been in therapy now for about a year with a great woman who is openning my eyes to the fact the abuse was not my fault. It is helpful for me to know I have chronic PTSD. It is also sad that it has taken the physciatric community so long to recognize this issue. The amount of self-hatred I experience is at times indescribable. I have put myself in horribly dangerous sexual situations, abused prescription drugs, and even self mutilated. My depression feels like an overall pain throughout my body. Antidepressants do not work for me, and have sickening side effects. Therapy is helping, and I've recently made friends with a truly beautiful and wonderful young lady who has some of the same issues as me. Talking to her is a delight and helpful. So I'm hopeful. At least today. Nice to have found this site too. Helpful to read there are others like me out there. So hi:hello: .
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  3. anthony

    anthony Renovation Aficionado Founder

    Hi Jeff, welcome to the forum. Mate, there is no shortage of those suffering PTSD, so please jump in here, the more you put in often means the more you get out. Help yourself, that is what is the most important thing at your stage of healing... and excellent to hear you have someone who can directly understand and provide you personal support.
  4. goingonhope

    goingonhope Member Premium Member

    Hello & Welcome!

    Hi Jeff, :hello: (sparta) I'm glad you found this forum and Welcome. Much familiarity for me, with what you've written in you intro.

    Hoping you'll hang onto your optimism, and won't let it slip too far away or for too long. Hoping you'll continue putting forth all your efforts to continue in progressively healing, through it all and everything and no matter what. Bless you. And, wishing you the best.

    You've found a great forum.

  5. cactus_jack

    cactus_jack Well-Known Member

    Welcome aboard Jeff!
  6. sparta21

    sparta21 Member

    Thanks for the welcomes. Trying to hold on to the optimism, but it isn't easy. Sure as you all know, some days are very dark. I'll keep in touch.
  7. Pitt Bull

    Pitt Bull Member

    Welcome aboard Jeff! I too can understand what you have gone through since my teenage years into my twenties were filled with abuse, self hatred, and major depression. I masked it well until a year ago and since then have also began to heal with counseling. My advise is to read as many post as you can to self educate on PTSD and pitch in your advise if possible. I am still working on that for myself. Again welcome to the forum.
  8. sparta21

    sparta21 Member

    Thanks. There is something comforting hearing from and about others. Still feel like crud alot, and I isolate way too much, but this is helpful.
  9. janis362529

    janis362529 New Member

    Hellos and welcome I myself and just starting up with everything and instead of dealing with just an event now me and a team of doctors will be dealing with everything
  10. ASterling

    ASterling Member

    Hi Jeff - I am new here too. I wish you the very best. I am glad you are getting help right now too. I don't know very much about this yet, but I look forward to learning more and getting better myself.
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