It's interesting that this post keeps coming up, and with a couple of posts from new guys.
And don't worry about joining in, it's what we want.
Flashbacks are a terrible thing, and a cause of great distress, and here I run the risk of upsetting you a bit Grendyl, I think that counselling / therapy is the best way to get help with this, and other, problems. Although talking about them here will undoubtedly help as well.
You say that you can get help and support from people you know, which is wonderful news. You must have some terrific family or friends to be able to talk to them about this, so carry on doing it.
My point is that when the talk gets really 'deep' will they be able to keep up ? by that I mean - do they have the knowledge and background to help you ?
Notice that I dont say "give you answers" because nobody else has the answers except you, not family, friends, therapists, other survivors or the man in the moon. You have your answers, only you can find them.
And I have no doubt you look for your answers, but if you're anything like me, and so many of us, they seem illusive.
We believe we're smart enough to 'cure' ourselves - and we are, keep on believing that ! But even though we have the smarts, I believe that we need a bit of guidance to make the best use of them.
I'm sorry for going against your request, especially when answering your first post, but it's something I do feel passionate about. I've seen the results of good, specialized therapy so many times now that I'm convinced it works.
Lastly, let me welcome me to MS. None of us 'want' to be here, but we are.
And that said, it's the best site of it's kind, the support and friendship here are second to none, I hope we make a difference to your life.
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.
Henry David Thoreau