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Hello everyone.  For the sake of anonymity, I will choose to go by Song here.  So... you can call me Song.  😊

I am brand new to this platform, though I am not new to trauma.  For now, I will just say that I am a survivor of emotional abuse from childhood, and a survivor of domestic abuse that occurred shortly after I graduated from high school, and through my first year of college.

Onto me, though: I'm 20 and attend a large public university.  I currently am studying music and psychology, and I love it.  I want to work as a music therapist, and I have interests in child development, developmentally disabled individuals, and trauma-informed mental health care (and potentially, working with trauma survivors as an MT-BC).  

I myself am developmentally disabled - I was diagnosed with ADHD and a learning disability last October (it's 4 days until my diagnosis anniversary, or Diaversary!  Woohoo!).  I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder and PTSD in July of this year.

I guess the last part of my introduction would be that I am a rather conservative individual.  A large part of my life is my faith.

I'm glad I found this community and I hope to learn from the wisdom and experiences I will read here.  Thank you for having me.

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Hi Song,

Welcome to AfterSilence. I am very sorry for the trauma you endured both as a child and in the domestic situation you mentioned. No abuse is every deserved. You will find tons of support here from are many understanding and kind members. You are not alone.

You have many admirable interests that I hope that you reach your goal as a MT-BC. I think goals are very important in our own healing process, so I hope it helps you as much as others, as you reach this goal.

I am glad you found us, too. Feel free to look around and interact where you feel comfortable. I am wishing many forward steps for you on this journey we call healing.



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Hello Song! Nice choice of a name, I call myself Wanna :flowers:

Welcome to our community! 

After Silence is here for you. I am deeply sorry for your trauma. I sympathize with you. Good thing you found us!  

Music can be a wonderful tool in healing. I am certain you will be a great therapist, I am happy to hear that you are studying something you enjoy. 

We have a wide diversity of survivors, and different types of diagnoses and challenges is one of the many things we tend to talk about here. Have a look around, feel free to browse the website. Once you feel ready, you can share what you like here in the pace you choose yourself. :youcanheal:

All best and hope to see you around 

- Wanna ☀️

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Dear song


I am sorry for all that you have been through.   You have been so brave in reaching out to us, please know that this is never easy!   We are all here for you and we want to support you.  You're not alone in your healing journey and are always welcome to lean on us for extra support.  You can post as much or as little as you like.  We are here to support you in the way you need.  I have found this community to be very helpful.  Everyone is so understanding and non-judgmental and I am hoping you feel the same way once you've gotten to know us a little.   


All my best,




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Welcome @SoulSong to After Silence.  I’m sorry for what brought you here but I’m happy you are here reaching out for support.  Good job taking this step in your healing process.  You are not alone and what happened to you wasn’t your fault.  I too am developmentally disabled (autism spectrum disorder).  Take your time exploring here and post when you are ready.  If you have any questions feel free to message me. 

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11 hours ago, WannaMoveOn said:

Music can be a wonderful tool in healing.

It is absolutely my favorite thing.  Music and writing have become strongholds for me in this darkness.

@missfrier, I have loved the nonjudgmental aspect that I've seen here.  It's like a safe place, especially in the culture of the US (where I am) today.  It's refreshing and I'm thankful for the people who have cultivated it here.

@8888, Thank you.  I have been interested in autism since I found out I have ADHD.  I have some of the same characteristics.  I've learned that ADHD and autism are like cousins.  Thanks so much for your welcome message.  

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