Hello Veronica and Jane,
Over time, as I follow this site, reading articles, stories, and relevant links, I've noticed that I am learning to perceive my personal experiences in a broader, more sympathetic yet objective manner, almost as if a "professional" observer now occasionally joins the intermittent yet ongoing dialogue inside my head. Perhaps this is called cognative growth.
It's been a relief, and also a sorrow, to learn that there are so many of us with these concerns. Thank you for the link to the companion news site.
Wishing you both courage, strength and enlightenment.