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Danielle's Story

Danielle's Story

My problem started from learning at a young age that it was acceptable for people to abuse me. My own family members started bullying me when I was six years old and it went on until I was twelve, when I was in a car accident that broke my neck. Growing up my mom dressed me in clothes that were too big and never validated me on much of anything. I got accepted to a really good college but was never celebrated and no encouragement to go, so I didn't go.  My dad was in and out of my life, so I learned to fear abandonment at a young age.

At 20 years old I met a guy I thought was going to change my life for the better, we had two kids together. When I was pregnant with both kids we had a sexless relationship. Even after having the kids we only had sex once every 3 or 4 months… I was turned down a lot then I stopped asking.

My second baby was a forced pregnancy (even though I love her to death, she was born out of an unloving affair). I was called all kinds of names, was threatened he would kill himself or take the kids if I left him. I was strangled two times, was consistently cheated on and was made to believe my reality wasn't real. I was with him for four years. He hit me for the last time when I finally called the police. My son disclosed to me a year after we split that his dad has been sexually abusing him. It’s been almost a year since I found out about that and have kept him out of our lives. The police refuse to look for him to question him, and don't know where he is.

My diagnoses are generalized anxiety disorder, severe depression, PTSD and marijuana use disorder, marijuana helps me relax since most the time I can't relax. I take Effexor, which helps with my motivation; I go to DBT therapy once a week and speak with a counselor one on one once a week. I walk through life as if I remain in a dream. My suicidal ideation hasn't gone away and it’s a fight everyday to live life and think that one day I’ll have a normal life, with normal problems. If I didn't have kids I would have already lost the battle. 

I am now living with my grandma and brother while building a stronger relationship with the positive people in my life. 

- Danielle

The above is a true story that was shard by Danielle so other people like herself would not have to feel alone when dealing with life situations. If you would like to share your story, please contact me -HERE-

Be Well,

Jac Harrison 

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