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I felt like I was floating down a desolate river with no one to save me. I felt entirely alone.
As a child, I was diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder. Little did I know that it would turn into a full-blown personality disorder in my adult life. As a child, I experienced traumatic events—abandonment by my father, domestic violence in my mother’s home. I learned to be afraid when I was a child. I also learned that people who are supposed to stay in your life leave.