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I am 44 years old and have dealt with physical mental sexual and emotional abuse. I have quit drinking and drugging for about 12 years now (thank god) my doctor put me on zanax for 6 years and I finally weaned myself off of it, and started having panic attacks again. he put me on Zoloft which has been a life saver for me. anyway I finally confronted my step mother and biological father about the abuse and I was sorry I did that but I was so angry at them at the time. my father told me that that never happened that he thinks I have a mental disease and that my step mother would never allow something like that to go on. the problem is they did do what they did, it is as vivid in my mind today as the day it happened. I tried to have a relationship with them and I do love my dad, but it's always turmoil and fighting and I want to be left alone, my friends treat me better than them. I do feel very guilty though for what I have started. I called my dad and told him that I needed to stay away for awhile. he told me that he was very angry at the lies that I told (they are not lies). do I need to just stay away from these people?

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