I struggle to form relationships and suffer with terrible depression

DEAR DEIDRE: PEOPLE say I’m pretty, clever and talented.

Yet, I always shy away from social events. I’m a 35-year-old woman, a graphic designer for a big company, but I can’t trust anyone.

Now I struggle to form relationships and suffer with terrible depression.

I would really like to talk to someone because I don’t think I will be able to move forward with my life until I address the fact that my mother’s friend abused me for five years from the age of 11.

How I wish I could erase the memories of what he did to me. But I can’t, and feel as if they are holding me back.

I feel silly because it happened nearly 20 years ago and yet it still has such a big hold over my life.

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My team and I are working safely from home but we are here to help you as always.

Send an email to [email protected].

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DEIDRE SAYS: Do not feel embarrassed that the abuse still affects you.

Childhood abuse always leaves emotional scars that are just as real as any physical ones.

It is very common for people who were abused to suffer depression.

But by getting the right support you can start to learn to trust again.

Contact NAPAC – National Association for People Abused in Childhood – for understanding, support and information about where to get help.

See napac.org.uk/know-a-survivor/.

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