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The flashbacks will go away in time. Flashbacks believe it or not is a part of healing. We go through them when we are ready to deal with it , same with memories. You just have to take it a step at a time.
After 8 years of therapy, and still seeing the same psychiatrist now and I'm 24 (started to see her at age 16) I learned to cope, learned how to let myself heal, letting go of the past and regretting that I was raped, that I was abused mentally, physically, emotionally, verbally and sexually by my ex at 16, after that ended in 1996 I was assaulted, harrassed and threatened by 8 other guys from the years of 1996-2001.
Therapy did wonders for me, I used to be plauged with PTSD, and just 4 months ago I was PTSD free. I still am and I'm hoping that it doesn't come back. I still get triggers, body memories, 'fantasies/daydreams' but they are less, The nightmares are slowly vanishing even though I had a weird dream the other night.
Are you talking to anyone about the past rape and abuse?
Reading the book trauma and recovery, as well as the body remembers helped me alot too, gave me a better understanding about what I was going through emotionally. Alot of good information. If you are interested i'll give you the authors.
The more you talk about it, learn how to heal and cope with this it does get better. My life has been PTSD free for about 4 months now, but you'll always remember it, how can anyone not have it with them forever, but you can have a life after the fact. Just like me. Time heals.
Last edited by Tanki; 08-04-2004 at 09:40 AM.