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What you describe is a perfect example of how CBT ( Cognitive-Behavior Therapy ) can help. We can'tchange our history, the fact of whatever happened to us in life. But what has lasting effects on us, isn't exactly what happened, butthe conclusions we drew from it, and the negative habits of thought, the assumptions, we formed then and still carry with us. These can be properly examined and revised usefully. For instance, you were abandoned by irresponsible parents, and it was their fault. but it is easy for an intelligent and sensitive child to decide that it MUST have been their own fault, and to assume that this will happen again in any important relationship. However worthy you actually are, you FEEL unworthy. CBT helps you examine, test, and revise these inacdfurate but convincing assumptions. We can't change what happened in our past, but we can change how we choose to feel about it, and the conclusions we choose to draw from it.
THe Anxiety-Depression Support group can help you find CBT-competent therapists in your area ( and it\s also valuable and effective in treating Depression itself ).
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