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Ask Amy: Trauma survivor struggles to cope

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: I have recently been reliving a trauma from my childhood on a daily basis. Along with this, I have been remembering other occurrences of this same trauma.

My father is a child molester, and an abusive alcoholic.

This trauma from my childhood led to trichotillomania, which has gotten worse, despite the fact that I have pursued therapy (off and on) for years.

My problem is, now that I have admitted what occurred, how do I fully move past it?

Do I bring it up with my sisters? We aren't a family to share things. We are more a family to shove something deep down inside or sweep it under the rug.

I feel like there is a missing component, but I don't know what it is.


I would greatly appreciate a second opinion.

I would like to move…

— From Trauma to Triumph

Dear Triumph: Our experience of dislocation and isolation during the pandemic has brought on some attendant issues and if, like many, you have stopped pursuing your therapeutic mental health treatment, you will lack supportive or familiar ways to cope.


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