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Posted by: Amy | 2011-09-05

Suster

Goeie dag en byvoorbaat dankie vir die hulp
Ek sal dit so kort as moontlik probeer hou.
My suster is nou 27. Sy was 16 toe my ouers in ons huis vermoor is. Sy wou nooit huil of daaroor praat nie. Sy het op aandrag van ons destydse huisdokter ''n sielkundige gesien maar het dit vinnig gestop want sy se dit was te seer om daaroor te praat. EK verstaan dit en dit is tot vandag toe seer vir my. Maar dit is nou besig om haar lewe en verhoudings te vernietig. SY drink verskriklik. Sy se sy het nie ''n probleem nie. Maar ek weet nie hoe om haar te help nie. Sy deel ook ''n woonstel met ''n meisie wat glad nie goed is nie. Die meisie wil nie kos maak nie so daar is nie kos in hulle huis nie. Net drank. Ek is so bekommerd oor my suster maar weet nie hoe om tot haar deur te dring nie.
Het u dalk voorstelle. Ek het haar verlede jaar weer na ''n sielkundige toe probeer stuur maar sy weier.

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Such a traumatic experience is, indeed, of course deeply upsetting for anyone ; our reactions depend on many things, including our personality and other life experiences. Maybe at first she found it too painful to want to talk about, but it would probably have been useful at that time to have persisted. Even now it would be useful, especially if she could see a skilled and experienced shrink.
The problem is that if she insists in denying that there is a problem, psych help can't be useful unless it can have her full cooperation.
Lets see what other readers may suggest. Is there an option to help her find a different living arrangement, without the flat-mate who re-inforces her degree of neglect and drinking ?

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2011-09-05

Such a traumatic experience is, indeed, of course deeply upsetting for anyone ; our reactions depend on many things, including our personality and other life experiences. Maybe at first she found it too painful to want to talk about, but it would probably have been useful at that time to have persisted. Even now it would be useful, especially if she could see a skilled and experienced shrink.
The problem is that if she insists in denying that there is a problem, psych help can't be useful unless it can have her full cooperation.
Lets see what other readers may suggest. Is there an option to help her find a different living arrangement, without the flat-mate who re-inforces her degree of neglect and drinking ?

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