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Posted: 2016 December 02 at 1:59am | IP Logged Quote AnnoDom


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I am 39 and was abused at a boarding school btw age 6 - 11 and
15yrs ago i attempted to kill myself. I landed in hospital and was
diagnosed with depression, ptsd and anxiety disorder. I was under
treatment for this for about a year. I never really disclosed
everything but i was fine and everything seemed to be ok.

As a teen i used to cut, but not serious or deep cuts just surface
and after therapy i stopped. Now im back to cutting but more
seriously and Im having a hard time hiding it from my wife and
kids. I have begun having nightmares and flashbacks again and i
really, really want to end it all, but i feel guilty and ashamed to
leave my family.

I am under serious financial pressure and I cannot afford therapy
and I wont go back to state care because the state facility reminds
me of the hostel and everything. I dont feel safe there.

My medical aid is maxed as I have other health issues that cannot
be resolved but is not terminal. I honestly dont know what to do
ands I am hurting my family because I am in such a dark place
atm. How do I resolve this...
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Posted: 2016 December 05 at 7:38pm | IP Logged Quote DavidvdW

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I suggest that you approach your medical aid and get their
prescribed minimum benefits form and then make an appointment
to see a Clinical Psychologist to assess whether you meet the
criteria for the prescribed minimum benefits.

This will afford you a number of sessions until your benefits
refresh in the new year.

Another option would be to consult your GP and to discuss the
possibility of admission into a private clinic - many medical aid
plans will provide cover for in hospital treatment even while your
day-to-day benefits are exhausted. This might be a way to get
through this acute crisis you are in with a view to conitnuing a
more long term treatment in the new year.

Whatever you decide, I urge you to enter a therapy with a
psychotherapist you feel comfortable with. It can make a huge

Every strength to you...

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