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Why Photos of My Daughter Triggered My Sexual Trauma

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I just received pictures of my 15-year-old daughter whom I lost to adoption 10 and a half years ago. I lost her because I was struggling with my mental illnesses — post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and dissociative identity disorder (DID).

I was not able to separate her from my former abused self and was having flashbacks, nightmares, body memories and suicidal ideation.

I was worried I, or someone else, was going to hurt her. When I looked at her, I saw myself at that age and could only see the abused child I was in my past.

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