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anything to help - March 8th 2010, 01:37 AM

I was sexually abused between the age of about 3 & 6 by my uncle, then again at 8, by my cousin [different sides of the family]
The memories were burried for most of my life & have only come back to haunt me in the last few years. It's horrible.
I can't escape the flashbacks. I have so much trouble sleeping.
I feel like I'm going insane. I can't get it out of my head.
It's just become another huge stresser and it's not like I need any more. Without explaining my situation; my family is horrid and I'm doing my final year of high school, which in australia counts for like the everything.
I am a year & 2 months free from self harm. But its getting to a point where I don't know how to cope. I need that release.
The end of last year I finally reached out for help, and I see a counsellor/psychologist almost every week, and she's good. Specialises in SA and doesn't push me. But the things she's given me for flashbacks don't help and I disconnect my emotions when I'm there, but late at night I freak out. It's too much for me right now.
Does anyone know any good ways of coping with this stuff?
Anything that you guys know of that is helpful in any aspect of this, keep me from going insane.
   
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Re: anything to help - March 9th 2010, 12:01 AM

Hey Kat,

Flashbacks can be really hard to deal with sometimes. You can manage them with grounding or with trying alternatives. Somethings don't work for everyone, you just have to keep trying. Some of the things I do to help with flashbacks would be colouring, as it's calming, and writing. Writing it out can help, because it gets it out of your head and on to paper. Also, you might want to check out these two threads, one for dealing with flashbacks and one for alternatives.

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