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Unread 05-07-2016, 01:28 AM   #1
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I was in an organization from 19-30 that I was sexually, mentally, emotionally and spiritually abused in. I won't name it I'm sorry bc it has a really good reputation.

I thought I would never get over the abuse bc most therapists just couldn't imagine the things that happened to me go on there. But they do. I did really hard trauma work on it a couple of years ago and I just felt worse afterwards. I consider the group I was in to be a cult and cult abuse is just really hard to get over. I'm 41 now and now there are a lot of blogs, fb pages, documentaries, etc exposing what goes on in this organization. I'm very happy about that. But for some reason recently I realized I finally feel free from it. I've done a lot of therapy on it. I've done what I could to warn others and will continue to warn ppl especially young, pretty, naive, vulnerable girls. But it's time for me to live MY LIFE!!! I don't obsess about it anymore. I don't need to read the latest article exposing it. I don't get triggered if I know someone on pc is in it. I feel such a freedom.

Believe me if I was able to overcome something that I never thought I would you can too. I used a lot of grounding skills, dbt skills, therapy in general, family support, any support from ppl that knew the situation and I could trust. I called crisis lines many nights when I couldn't sleep. I fought hard, and you can too. I know you can. Cry all you need to. I used a lot of lavender aroma therapy. Put it on a cotton ball and laid it next to my pillow and cried. I survived, and now I'm going to THRIVE!!!

You can too!! I know you can!!
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Hello rose1985: Thank you for sharing your success!
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Thank you for responding! Yeah I feel like I have a new life. But it wasn't easy. But I did it! Thanks for sharing in my new found freedom.
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Congratulations, and WELL DONE!

i believe that PTSD CAN be overcome, with the will, determination, persistance and skills that you have shown~! thank you for confirming that for me ~
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Thank you for sharing this! So much of this kind of healing can be so gradual (I spent time in what may have been a very similar environment, for much less time but still I am not quite beyond its effects some years later), and it is most encouraging to hear that you have reached a place of freedom from it.

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Yeah I also didn't think I'd get over the abuse bc it was so much. Not just one thing but countless things. But I've realized that other ppl have been through similar situations and with lots of work were able to get over it. I'm bipolar and even went through a psychosis over it all in 2011. I had a flood of memories come up and had a total loss of touch with reality. I'm on aps now which sucks but every time I try to get off of them I get a really scared feeling. I was diagnosed with bipolar and PTSD in 2011 when I ended up in the hospital. I'm finally stable too. It all took a lot of patience and trial and error. Dbt distress tolerance skills helped the most I think oh and grounding techniques.

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Rose1985 I have been in the same boat before but I have overcome most of my PTSD. I still take Lavender Bubble Baths once and awhile. If you want to take a look at my post about panic attack and added anti reflective coating on my glasses.


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I am sincerely very happy for you! That's awesome.
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AWESOME! Thanks for sharing your story!
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