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    I miss my mom but she ruined me, how do I move on?

    It's a very sad story you've written about your mother and the if the truth be known, this is sadly happening all the time and demonstrates how many families out there are in desperate need of help. Your mother was already battling addiction when you were born and from what you have written...
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    I See No Way Forward

    It's something very privately touching many people's hearts right now. To be in your situation and feeling the way you do right now can only go on to create further feelings of 'depressed frustration' so take a step back and look at your life from different perspective. Your doctor can only...
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    Difficulties in relationship - Spousal Rape

    In reply to....Strange To Feel OK.... It does seem you are struggling inside and dealing with a lot of mixed emotions when comparing your current relationship with the previous one. You question if you should feel OK (or perhaps the answer you look for is to be comfortable with yourself...
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    Relationship Partner of 8 years suddenly "needs space" and accusing me of things.

    You've written a lot about this relationship so it's only fair and honest to admit that it's time to end it. In all honesty, you' re not only dealing with your own psychological issues, but your physical health as well. Unfortunately. You are now spending much time and emotional energy dealing...
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    I think my friend sexually assaulted me, but I still want to be their friend. Am I being naïve?

    Correction........ It really is up to you whether or not you want to keep seeing your friend...........xxxxxxxxx
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    I think my friend sexually assaulted me, but I still want to be their friend. Am I being naïve?

    In response to.....I think my friend sexually assaulted...... There's emotional turmoil connected to your friend, combined with insufficient therapy which can lead to jokes, playful sexual behaviour and drinking too much alcohol. It's their way of expressing inner conflict going on in their...
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    Dealing with shame after suicide ideation

    In response to....Dealing with shame after suicide ideation.... When you were at your lowest, dwelling upon negative thoughts such as dying and suicide will have certainly dominated. You very much wanted to die, creating a mental environment that encouraged your thoughts and feelings towards...
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    New here - family member murdered

    In reply to Kate11.....New here.....Family member murdered..... There's no words to describe how traumatic this event must have been for you and it's more than understandable as to why you experience these emotions and struggle sleeping. Your cousin was a very close friend and as she...
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    Childhood COCSA (Child on Child Sexual Abuse) I don't know what to do with this information.

    You're a young adult and asking some questions about what happened in your past. We find ourselves worrying and questioning whether we are 'normal' or not. Your concerns are genuine due to people your age being raised on 'screen-time' and have access to information at the push of a button...
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    Sexual Assault Difficult one - Have any of you ever had a very brief snippet of a memory, but not even a clear memory?

    When you were younger, these incidents had a deep and powerful impact on your life. However. As time has passed, you repressed or 'buried' the memories of those traumatic experiences. From time to time, you may find yourself experiencing - albeit vague -'snippets' of those memories. The...
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    In the impact zone

    Being estranged from your family will only add further to your loneliness. Living alone can be hard work and expensive. Financial help is harder to get - compared to someone with children. When you're ill/depressed.....There's no-one to take care of you.....Being alone can have benefits, yet...
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    Relationship I triggered my girlfriends trauma and she left me a week later

    Ending this relationship has left you feeling confused and guilty. Putting everything you've written to one side, it seems this was a genuine accident that can happen to us all. Your former partner has taken this very seriously and there's no chance of reconciliation. Your ex blames a...
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    LIVING is too painful

    The recent bereavement has taken a toll on you. The various negative emotions you are experiencing are only natural. There's a lot going on in your life plus the ongoing culmination of problems leading up to this. The un-resolved acknowledgement from your father relating to his sexual abuse...
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    Military Struggling with PTSD

    It's good you are seeking therapy for your PTSD. Your knowledge of the military gives you a unique insight into how psychological problems are interpreted. For those of us outside the confines of military service there appears to be an impression that emotions need to be kept under strict...
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    My husband is my biggest trigger, but I can't tell what's really happening.

    When you first met and started out on your marriage journey, both of you were in very difficult situations. Somehow, you both managed to forge a secure relationship and make a success of the marriage. However. This came at the expense (to both of you) through each burying all those past...
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    Sexual Assault Was this rape?

    The effects of a toxic relationship can reverberate for years to come. To answer your question from a non-legal perspective, let's say what you have described was a violent and forceful sexual assault. The guy is now in prison and - although it's not much consolation - it is hoped he will...
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    Relationship Recently started dating girl with PTSD and Chronic Depression and I feel lost in what to do

    There's a lot of information within your post which suggests you are worrying very much about this girl. Admittedly, your friend is currently dealing with issues which - in turn - will mean there are times when her moods or behaviour could become erratic. Patience will be needed during those...
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    dissociation as a defense mechanism

    Throughout the course of our lives, the relationship with our parents can vary in many ways. Admittedly. The events of the past which involved your mother will have affected you emotionally and that will have cut very deep in your life. Now you are an adult finding yourself having to...
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    Sufferer Abused By Mom & Assaulted After Coming Out As Transgender

    It appears that your mother has the problem in this situation. From what you have written, she seems to have only been involved in your younger years when it suited her. Your main goal in life from now on, will be to focus on your transition/reassignment treatment - as that will be an...
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    Advice about a friendship

    The good point about your friendship - which involves the four of you - is that you are a tight little group and have done everything together like a family. A friendship such as yours can go for many years unbroken. Good friendships are so precious. They can withstand the test of time...
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    Can’t picture myself living with this for that long- Anyone else feel this way?

    The harder we fight to distract ourselves from something, the more we realise the seriousness of the situation that we are trying hard to distract from. You write about how you were very good at distracting yourself until it became too difficult. However. It appears that you experienced...
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    Sexual Assault Weird shit I do because of PTSD...is this normal?

    Both of your posts begin by stating that you were raped and in one you question whether you should feel guilty/ashamed whilst the other post mentions the assaults. You mention that you do 'weird stuff' but in all fairness it is very common in this day and age for people to do weird stuff...
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    Friend copying my every move - unsettling me.

    This is a very interesting situation and it certainly can be seen from various perspectives. You have have been dealing with some serious lifetime issues and it must be very difficult posting your feelings publicly. You are very concerned about this friend who has 're-entered' your life and...
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