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A 39-year-old member asked:

How can i tell if i have repressed abuse as a child?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Why do you ask?: There is a school of 'pop' psychology which maintains that the key to mental health is remembering forgotten abuse, often sexual. This is not considered evidence-based by most therapists, and I would urge you to steer clear of these pepole -- or anyone who tells you to seek someone to blame. Focus on understanding what you do remember and learning to live well & be happy now & in the future.
Dr. Cheryl Coldwater
Pediatrics 39 years experience
Therapy: Instead of worrying about the past, which you can't change, find a good therapist to help you be more present in the NOW. Learn how to cope better and deal with anxieties in order to become happier and healthier in the future. Learning to deal with your feelings, and accepting yourself, are far more important skills for you as an adult.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Exactly. Thank you so much. Dr. Coldwater!
Oct 30, 2014

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how to tell someone that you were abused as a child?

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Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Abuse: Its not easy to share something this personal. I would advise you to find someone you can trust. You may need to seek professional help if no one close to you would keep what you say confidential. If you are sure the listener is objective and will not tell others what you need to say it is a lot easier to share what happened to you. Sadly 40% of women have been abused so you are not alone.

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