If you have experienced a traumatic event where you felt your life or someone else's was in danger – such as a severe auto accident, a natural disaster, wartime terror or a violent personal assault – you know how profoundly it can affect your life.

Some people will experience the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. These may include:

If the trauma or abuse occurred when you were a child – boy or girl – especially if you did not have enough support and help at that time, that made it even harder for you. If you were abused by someone you knew and trusted, that also can make the experience more painful (and more difficult to understand).

But there absolutely can be hope for recovery. No matter how difficult the traumatic event, you can heal. I have worked with many trauma/abuse victims and I know this: If you find the right counselor for you, and you are ready to do the work, you can get better and feel better.

It is never too late. Do not let someone or something ruin your life. You are worth so much more than that. Get help.

"Emotional abuse can be as deliberate as a gunshot: 'You're fat.' 'You're stupid.' 'You're ugly' ". . . . Of all the forms of child abuse, emotional abuse may be the cruelest and longest-lasting of all."

-- ANDREW VACHSS

Most sexual offenders are family members or are otherwise known to the child.

-- AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION

"Adults who were sexually abused as children commonly experience depression. Additionally, high levels of anxiety in these adults can result in self-destructive behaviors, such as alcoholism or drug abuse, anxiety disorders, and insomnia."

-- AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION