How do I handle at age 54 remembering abuse.Also have not left my house for a long time can not stand sudden noise.
Not being able to leave your house is a common sign of depression. . There are many other signs of past abuse such as, for example, exaggerated startle responses, the inability to watch disturbing images such as physically abused animals (like in the ASPCA commercials), a feeling of worthlessness, a feeling that strangers can tell that you are "broken" in some way, a "Victim Mentality"and a feeling that what you think is worthless, feeling easily hurt when criticized, and recurrent and distressing thoughts and dreams of the abuse, and a sense of detachment from others. You may also feel the inability to recall important aspects of the abuse. All of these feelings and emotions are common for the abused, including cocooning, and not wanting to leave their homes, their "safety zones".
The victim often represses the abuse for decades, until something "triggers" the memories, and they flood back into the abused persons consciousness. Once again, these feelings are common for someone suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or Severe Depressive disorder. You may feel very afraid of discussing the abuse with your family. But you must talk with a professional, like a Psychologist, or a Psychiatrist. You will, in my professional opinion, most likely need medication from a Psychiatrist, or your G.P. to deal with your anxiety, and just as importantly, a Psychologist, with whom you can discuss your abuse. Do not go another day without doing something about this.
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