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          Paralyzed by Fear

          February 17, 2009

          No matter how hard we try to protect ourselves, all of us will experience an unexpected trauma in our lives. Whether it’s divorce, an illness or a violent attack, each one of us is a potential victim. When misfortune befalls you, how should you react? Will this be something that poisons you for the rest of your life, or will it be something that you adapt to in a way that you can move on? If you’re struggling to overcome a trauma, learn to take back control, stop fueling irrational fears and move forward with your life. 

          Trapped in the Aftermath of Trauma

          Shelita says her life was recently turned upside down when three suspects broke into her home and held her, her mother and her 3-year-old daughter at gunpoint. She says she’s lost her sense of security, is terrified to be alone in her home and wants to move out. Her husband, Royce, wants to move past the ordeal.

          Could Shelita be suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

          Haunted by a Childhood Encounter

          When Danielle was 7 years old, a man invaded her home and tortured her mother. He’s never been caught, and she’s been terrified for the last 30 years. Danielle’s husband, Art, says her fears are interfering with her parenting. Does he have legitimate concerns?

          “At some point, you’ve got to stand up and fight back.”

          A Terrifying Discovery

          Danielle is showing Dr. Phil producers how she surfs the Internet for information on the East Area Rapist, when she comes across a link that terrifies her. Also, a detective who has been working on the case for years has a message for Danielle, and a former FBI agent shares insight into the East Area Rapist.

          “These people don’t just quit doing this.”

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