One of the many problems I am having now is I do not know how to deal with all the emotions I am feeling. I feel like I am on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Some of what I am feeling I can't even express in words. I feel like they are eating me up inside. I am not even sure exactly what I am feeling sometimes. I also find hard to get through each day because I keep reliving the attack; I keep having flashbacks. I can't even sleep at night because of the anxiety and fear of the nightmares. At least here I can start to get it out.
Welcome to After Silence - A message board and chat room for rape, sexual assault, and sexual abuse survivors.
|Welcome to After Silence, a message board and chat room designed to help survivors communicate in the recovery of rape, sexual abuse, sexual assault, and all types of sexual violence.
After Silence has over 30 different forums, ranging from topics created to discuss specific areas of healing and recovery from rape and sexual violence, as well as forums open to general discussions and lighter topics. Because we value the privacy of our members, most of our forums are private, which means that ONLY REGISTERED members have access to them. Please register for a free account to gain full access to the After Silence Online Support Group.
If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us at email@example.com
How Do I Get Through The Emotions?
Posted 11 January 2014 - 08:10 PM
If there is anybody supportive and present in your everyday life, use that. The support of others helps so much, and people in these forums understand what you went through and the trauma it created. Therapy helps some people as well, if you see that as a viable option.
I took things to force myself to sleep, but I would not advise that. As far as the emotions...I sometimes make a list of identifiable emotions throughout the day...when I am feeling particularly upset. Writing helped me in the aftermath of my attack. So did an attempt at lucid dreaming and studying meditation, but my reactions were anything but positive in the long run, mostly from a lack of support (I didn't tell a soul for years after).
I don't know if writing or listing or meditation will help you; personally I believe support is the most important at first and I truly hope you have somebody in your life who can physically be with you when you need a rock to help steady the emotional eruptions.
I pray that you will find a gentle path to healing. PM me if you like. *hugs if okay*
Posted 11 January 2014 - 08:20 PM
Hi there, I'm really sorry you are going through so much pain. Like Shadowed said, having support of someone who will listen to you, I journal every day, just write about the day and accomplishments, or upsetting things, meditating breathing helps, crying and letting it out. Just know you are not alone ok? "That was a big thing for me, I felt like I was the only one feeling like this. You are a strong brave person! Therapy will help to process all of this, I pray for your suffering to ease.
Posted 12 January 2014 - 07:35 PM
I've just recently started journaling as well, and it is quite helpful. Having a person is also wonderful. You have a lot of people behind you praying and supporting you on this site though.
Posted 01 March 2014 - 12:40 AM
DBT has helped me immensely through the emergency phase. I use it in my job, so luckily I had some experience with it when I ended up needing it. Google it. Specifically what helped the most was recognizing and validating every one of my feelings and memories, no matter how crazy. Then remembering that even though feelings hurt really badly, I probably won't die from them. And when I do feel like I will surely die from feelings, distract and escape (tv shows, video games, and exercise for me.)
Something else that helped was trusting someone I knew with it. My person was kind and loving and supportive and said everything right, and I still regretted telling immediately. It hurt so badly to have someone know and still does regularly. However, because he knows he can tell me "You are not a bad person and you didn't make this happen or deserve it."
I agree with writing, though I have so much shame and fear of exposure that it is difficult to have a record hanging around.
Posted Yesterday, 04:49 PM
What helps me is finding things I like to do. Like read, draw, etc, etc. Journaling also helps.