Having supportive people around you and a good therapist can really help. I think it also helps to know that you can heal and that you don't have to go through it forever. I repressed a lot of things until I was old enough to deal with them but once I did allow them to resurface and deal with them (with nightmares, panic attacks etc.), it only took a few years to heal and have been fine ever since. I recently published a book on healing and then thought that perhaps I should get into some groups like this to see if I can help others that way. When the anxiety and/or nightmares weren't too bad, I found that it helped to do some slow, deep breathing and that would calm me. Of course, there were times that I was beyond that and needed others to help talk me thru it. I'm glad you have someone to do that for you.