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Sat, 8 June 2013 06:28:59 +0000
I am a teacher who was beaten up by students after I came back from a surgery March of 2009 and I also was sexually abused from the age of 8 to 18 by my adopted father. I have been diagnosed with PTSD, Agoraphobia, and Major Depression. I have not been back to work, though I have tried. I just don't understand why I can't just shake it off anymore and go on like I could when I was younger. I am 44 and have been married to wonderful man for 24 years, and we have 4 daughters. We are expecting our 1st grandbaby at the end of July and want to be as much help to them as they need, but I am anxious just thinking about driving the 3 blocks to my daughter and son-in-laws house.
|(39) Kimberley Logan
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|(36) Desmond Le Bherz
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|(33) Kimberly April
Wed, 6 March 2013 17:36:31 +0000
After finishing the book, my therapist and I watched the DVD together in session, which I found to be an enlightening and healing experience. The DVD is organized into sections conducive to watching one or two at a time and then discussing feelings, reactions, and insights with your therapist. This time was filled with a lot of quiet introspection, insights, sadness, grief, and a quiet strength in learning more about CPTSD. I found it healing and validating to learn that learning to live with some of the side effects is a reality, and a sign of health, not illness. Many others need to hear this message. Just because we may have an occasional flashback or emotional flooding does not mean we are defective, or not cured. Healing from CPTSD is a journey, one that we will travel for our lifetime.
I appreciated Marla's openness, honesty, and strength. I have read a lot of books and articles on trauma recovery, and I feel that Marla's book and the DVD Making Peace with Chronic PTSD reflect a compassionate, normalizing, balance of this type of trauma and the recovery involved. I am so grateful to Gift from Within for being here and providing so much quality, helpful information and support. Dr. Orchberg's compassion, knowledge, and walking alongside Marla as a companion, not a guide was also monumental in helping me to come to the understanding that I, too, am a survivor. I am now in my fourth year of therapy recovering from multiple childhood abuse and we are talking about termination. I would love to see this topic covered in depth by Marla and Dr. Orchberg as related to a longer psychotherapy, a deep therapeutic relationship, in the context of recovering from CPTSD. I am requesting this because termination for me is scary and confusing. At times I want to run away, but I am learning to be present, and I know this is part of my healing. I would welcome any wisdom on this phase of therapy.
* This is not my real name.
|(31) Deborah J. Threlfall
Wed, 27 February 2013 11:42:22 +0000