Our expert says:
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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