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I Survived Mental and Emotional Abuse

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    What To Do After? - What to do after that ? When you realised and have escaped from this terrible abusive relationship. I think that it is a very important part of the process and...
    GabiT GabiT 26-30, F 2 Responses Jul 3, 2013

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    They Don't Take Me Seriously - I got out of an emotionally abusive relationship about a month ago, and I'm just starting to tell people how bad it was. The problem is, nobody is...
    lwys lwys 18-21 6 Responses Apr 18, 2011

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    It All Came Back... - I can't believe this...Most of my childhood came back in a couple of days. It's kind of creepy. I learned that I was abused when I was a child. I remember my...
    TheHelp TheHelp 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 8, 2012

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    A New Year. - I had to take my oldest to the doctor today, which means I had to text message my ex to let him know and ask him to help me with the co pay. It's so strange how...
    freeeeebird freeeeebird 26-30, F Dec 31, 2012

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    Going Through Withdrawls, Gotta Stay Strong! - I keep asking myself the question in what world do we live in, that mental and emotional abuse is not illegal. Yet it is such a...
    fairydust69 fairydust69 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 18, 2009

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    At first glance the narcissist appears to the unsuspecting onlooker as being full of self-control; they come across as charismatic, educated, confidant, charming, and sociable...
    rcp10 rcp10 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 8

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    I Keep Trying to Solve An Unsolveable Puzzle - Its been a year today of a strange memory I just sorted out. My ex claimed he coudn't go to back to his home when we were out. He...
    parasitehostess parasitehostess 22-25, F Aug 31, 2009

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    I still have night terrors about the abuse I went through. My partner says I will cry in my sleep. He is worried because I still will look over my shoulder even without having...
    ellequence ellequence 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 1

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    Dichotomy - In the age of public sharing, do people have secrets? Also in the age where free speech is perverted to harm others, what can a person share without some form of a...
    Tekkamaki Tekkamaki 31-35 9 Responses May 12, 2011

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    His Addiction Stole My Childhood - Born way 2 early had 2 fight 2 all along. nothings ever come easy! Moms always busy and dads always stoned. NO footsteps to follow No compass...
    writingmyrelease writingmyrelease 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 18, 2010

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    I Kept It Secret - since today i have been wondering why the heck i didnt talk to anybody about the fact that i was abused to any adult or person that might have helped me out of...
    Scarlettshadowkeeper Scarlettshadowkeeper 16-17 2 Responses May 1, 2012

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    After two years I still have difficulty with self-reassurance and self-worth. I've dealt with this person and his friends for five years I started emotionally eating at fifteen...
    RobinPancakes RobinPancakes 18-21, F Feb 14

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    Why I Smile. - I choose to smile because I know that negative emotions only last as long as I let them. So he who attempts to rain on my life ... it won't work. I choose to...
    Darkchild29 Darkchild29 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 29, 2012

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    I wouldn't say that I survived it... I still suffer from the after effects... The deeply imbedded worthlessness ... My horrible stepfather who my mother remains married to even...
    Orangerocket Orangerocket 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 10

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    Self - I emotionally abuse myself. I've tried to change, just like I've tried to stop being broken inside, depressed, or pessimistic. It doesn't work. I was in an emotionally...
    mononoaware mononoaware 26-30, M 2 Responses Sep 9, 2012

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    Reflections - My Story - Disclaimer: I'm reposting this from another group, I hope that's ok. I posted my story in the other group because I wanted to share my experience...
    Nikolita Nikolita 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 18, 2009

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    Basic Story Of My Abuse - I was abused by a step-father from the age of seven to eleven. I was told everyday that if I told anyone that I would be killed. For five years I dealt...
    Brokenlikeaturtleshell Brokenlikeaturtleshell 36-40, F Sep 9, 2012

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    Daughter Of Narcissist- To The Core - I also hide in my room as a teenager to get away from my mom. She wouldn't leave me alone! she would do anything to get empathy from me, to...
    jmpayne jmpayne 22-25 1 Response Jan 22, 2011

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    Abuse - so. i left an emotionally abusive boyfriend a month and hal ago. now he cheated on me while 7 months pregnant, when i went to ob, they tested me for all std s to make sure...
    ggmbq ggmbq 31-35 Mar 18, 2013

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    No More "mr. Nice Guy" - Who am I...What are my capabilities...do I even have any ... or am I just an empty shell after 26 years of living the "reign of terror...
    easterngoatgirl easterngoatgirl 51-55, F 3 Responses Oct 24, 2009

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    Did I Get Abused ? - J and I met through a set up in 2009 . I was 25 and he was 29 years old , it went really fast and he was really amazing . Just very romantic , loved me and was...
    gem84 gem84 26-30 3 Responses Aug 9, 2012

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    2 Long Years Of Fear, Physical Abuse And Heartbreak Which Ended In A Good Way With A Surprising Twist. - I moved to Europe 3 years ago and felt lonely there. After a while, I met...
    euroljepotica10 euroljepotica10 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 5, 2011

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    I just recently got out of a relationship that lasted a little over a year. Honestly I thought he was the most perfect guy ever... Until he'd get mad... He'd take every single...
    LilMissMandy LilMissMandy 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 20

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    How I Survived. - My survival wasn't due to defending myself and being feisty against my ex, well in the beginning it was like that. But near the end, my only survival was to shut...
    FadedSilhouette FadedSilhouette 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 25, 2013

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    Am Considering Therapy - Have any of you found therapy to be benificial? Its been almost a year since I left my abusive ex and I'm still finding I actually miss him sometimes...
    parasitehostess parasitehostess 22-25, F 9 Responses Oct 19, 2009

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    Once Innocent - To find out about the rest of this story please go to my author website at www.sbpra.com/AprilLewis and buy Once Innocent from presales to see the whole story...
    aprillewis aprillewis 31-35, F Mar 24, 2012

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    Im Out Now But For How Long??? - was it me or was it them? am i really as horrible as they claim i am? free now, but still hurting, doubting, healing...will i trust someone enough...
    drowningkoala drowningkoala 22-25 2 Responses Aug 22, 2009

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    In the family. It all started with my family. The threats, bullying, verbal abuse, everything started with the family. They don't care about me all they care about is themselves.
    Athlete2012 Athlete2012 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 3

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    Looking Inside For Answers - I've already shared an experience on Narcissistic abuse, but wanted to reach out to this forum as well. I'm sure therre are so many men and women out...
    jjj1984 jjj1984 26-30, F Nov 24, 2013

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    Still Here - I am still alive and kicking after everything i been through. Shot at, stabbed, getting in fights everyday, parents abusive, brother abusive. All good i am still...
    Arorin Arorin 22-25, M 8 Responses Mar 22, 2010

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    I'm A Survivor - I survived and I'm start here , it took me a long time to write this letter as I started and delete it so many time so here gos I was picked on in school due to...
    ravennite44 ravennite44 46-50, T 1 Response Dec 25, 2009

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    (empowerment) You Are Not Crazy - Recognizing That You've Been The Victim Of Abuse - These are two links I found invaluable for understanding and escaping from the dynamics of...
    MovingForward28 MovingForward28 26-30, M 2 Responses Aug 3, 2010

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    Psychology says: To be haughty means to act with blatant arrogance or disdainful pride. The narcissist displays all of these characteristics in that they consider themselves to be...
    rcp10 rcp10 31-35, F Apr 8

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    Why Was I So Blind And Why Am I Still Blind To The Abuse - I just walked out of my abusive relationship not even a week ago and it took me amost 4 years to get out, my family...
    Renemf Renemf 26-30, F 4 Responses Mar 9, 2012

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    Surviving .... Ing. Always. I'm constantly reminding myself because I like to go into denial I like to pretend it didn't happen to me that it couldn't possibly be my life. I...
    ophelia379 ophelia379 26-30, F 3 Responses Dec 17, 2013

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    Once Innocent - Many who read this page will not know what happened, nor will you understand. It started out in Texas and moves to Alabama in the year of 1985. My sister Lee was...
    aprillewis aprillewis 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 24, 2012

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    Dr. Jekyll/mr. Hyde - Dated 3+ years; couldn't have asked for a better guy.  Married - the cage shut and locked.  Became another person.  Each individual example of...
    escaped escaped 41-45, F 4 Responses Sep 19, 2009

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    My Mum Is An Mental And Emotional Abuser. - I'm 16. So of course i still live at home, but from what it looks like to everyone else, it is not the same as it is when no one is...
    Llaylla Llaylla 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 24, 2013

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    Emotionally Abused As A Child - Hi, I'm 32 years old and I'm still very confused about the whole experience I've had when I was a child.My father emotionally abused me.  But I...
    julie295 julie295 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 8, 2012

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    Survive. - Survive, its all I have to do. All I can do. "You're nothing, and never will be anything!", screamed my dad. I don't think I did anything to deserve it this time. But...
    BelievingButterfly BelievingButterfly 22-25, F May 21, 2013

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    I don't know if I'm better with or without on medication. The whole trial and error with meds just doesn't seem worth it anymore.
    azigzaggylyss azigzaggylyss 18-21, F 4 Responses Dec 20, 2013

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    Four Years Is Too Long... - ...But then again, so is any length of time. Now I'm convinced that I'm a fat, psychotic, evil woman who can never be loved. I'm also afraid to date...
    Voodoolou Voodoolou 22-25, F 4 Responses Jul 18, 2009

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    Add to That... - ...verbal abuse and thirteen years of regular beatings with my younger brother receiving the same, and you'll start to get the picture.
    eleanorssong eleanorssong 56-60, F Sep 27, 2012

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    You Can Never Have Me Again. - It has been years since we've talked... and even longer since we've seen each other. The relationship we shared together was so... just, ****** up. I...
    hardware hardware 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 29, 2011

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    Then Again Who Hasn't? - I'm not sure how long these things are really supposed to be, but to save the life-story, which is what it would have to be hahaha (i'm sure i'm not even...
    doublefrick doublefrick 26-30, F Jan 8, 2012

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    Surviving My Ex Husband - I am going thru a divorce. I am 26 and have two daughters, one is 4 and the other is 1. I left him about 3 months ago, and came back after 6 weeks...
    freeeeebird freeeeebird 26-30, F 3 Responses Dec 28, 2012

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    I listened to Rebecca black and Justin beiber for two hours straight during a dare. 😑😱
    Pandaontherocksplease Pandaontherocksplease 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 10

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