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Type of Case: Clinical

Corroboration: Witness Confirmation

Publication Location: American Journal of Psychotherapy

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At 40-years-old, "Rachel", a woman with no history of mental illness and ten years of exemplary professional work, recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse by her father through a call from her youth pastor in whom she had confided as an adolescent. This reminder triggered severe depression, suicidal action, and the need for hospitalization. Rachel’s older sister, herself an abuse survivor, had witnessed the abuse, yet Rachel had no memory of the events (Bull 1999).


Bull, D.S. (1999). “A Verified Case of Recovered Memories of Sexual Abuse,” American Journal of Psychotherapy, Vol. 53, No. 2, Spring 1999, pp. 221-224.

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