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Lauren Hough struggled to adjust after escaping a doomsday cult. "There's an aspect of trauma that's hard to explain," she says. "It's exhausting to be scared all of the time. That anxiety just starts to weigh on you." Karl Poss IV/Knopf Doubleday hide caption

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After Growing Up In A Cult, Lauren Hough Freed Herself By Writing The Truth

Hough was 15 when her family left the Children of God cult. Afterward, she struggled to face the trauma of her past. Her new collection of personal essays is Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thing.

Lauren Hough struggled to adjust after escaping a doomsday cult. "There's an aspect of trauma that's hard to explain," she says. "It's exhausting to be scared all of the time. That anxiety just starts to weigh on you." Karl Poss IV/Knopf Doubleday hide caption

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Karl Poss IV/Knopf Doubleday

After Growing Up In A Cult, Lauren Hough Freed Herself By Writing The Truth

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From WHYY in Philadelphia