Complex PTSD: Recovery and Beyond
Part II: I Connect the Dots
As I said In Part I of this account, I’ve dealt with my abuse. I’ve remembered the experiences, and I’ve desensitized myself to a great extent, thanks to EMDR. When I remember, the memories don’t carry the emotional load they once did. The memories no longer have the power to overwhelm me, but that doesn’t mean they are not still present. Now that I have desensitized myself somewhat to the memories, I find myself able to connect some dots that I had not previously connected. For one thing, I believe now that I understand more fully the long-term effect of my childhood abuse experiences.
After I reported my husband for sexually abusing our daughter in 1981, I did a lot of reading on the topic of child sexual abuse. I read, for example, that many victims of father-daughter incest—or of sexual abuse, in general–…
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