Thanks for sharing this, it’s a great article. I guess it speaks for itself and it really resonated with me. I’ve shared on my Facebook; will be interesting to see if anyone deletes me or causes me any issues over doing that.
Thank you for this article! What Marlene Winell writes is true.
Most of the trauma is behind me, being out for 10 years, thanks to psychiatric counseling for my PTSD, my wonderful children who led the way out, RFM, and not-Mormon friends and work colleagues. I was one of those extremely devout souls, and even with all my good luck, recovery has been hard work!
Whenever people question if RFM is necessary, after one has quit the cult, after one is moving forward, and even when one is finding their "place in the world", have people read this article!
>>>"Another difference is the social context, which is extremely different from other traumas or forms of abuse. When someone is recovering from domestic abuse, for example, other people understand and support the need to leave and recover. They don’t question it as a matter of interpretation, and THEY DON'T SEND THE PERSON BACK FOR MORE. But this is exactly what happens to many former believers who seek counseling. If a provider doesn’t understand the source of the symptoms, he or she may send a client for pastoral counseling, or to AA, or even to another church."<<< The caps are mine.
I will need RFM, as long as "well-meaning" Mormon relatives and friends keep trying to send me back for more.
Just like I have so far. It made me realize I wasn't alone and it also has helped me heal A LOT. But like others, I have everyday stuff that goes on with mormons and to be able to come here and read and post really helps me deal with it all.