January 25, 2017
At 23, Lauren says she still struggles every day with the memories of spending six years of her childhood as a captive and target of brutal physical and psychological abuse at the hands of her mother and stepfather.
She was freed from the tiny closet her parents kept her in at the age of eight when a neighbor alerted authorities to her plight.
Lauren says after 16 years of living with the memories of torture and abuse, “I get tired of dealing with the same thing every day.” She says she sometimes cuts herself “thinking that maybe I can cut deep enough and I won’t be here anymore. And I won’t have to deal with the things I’m dealing with today.”
Lauren admits she’s attempted suicide – multiple times. “I think I just want the pain to stop. I don’t wanna die. But I want it to end.”
READ: Lauren – In Her Own Words
Is there help for Lauren’s ongoing anxiety and depression? Tune in to part one of a riveting two-part Dr. Phil, Wednesday.