Abuse

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My Roommate

My roommate is a survivor of childhood physical and sexual abuse. She is a recovering alcoholic, and now that she has stopped drinking the memories of her abuse are coming to the surface. She has just started therapy through the county mental health department, but she is not seeing anyone there frequently. She is currently unemployed and goes through these periods of normalcy followed by periods of extreme depression. It is very difficult to live with her and try to support her. Sometimes I think she wants me to yell and be angry with her because she pushes all my buttons until my patience is at an end. I want to help her get well. She is a good person, but I feel like I'm getting pushed to the brink. What can I do to help her and also keep myself sane?

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