Childhood Trauma & Abuse

  • Professor Emerita in Educational Psychology (Cognition), American International College (Graduated 1990) · Jul 25 ·

    This Space is dedicated to compassionate sharing, support, and help for those who have experienced childhood trauma and abuse and its significant impact on life adjustment. Submissions from survivors as well as counselors, psychologists and other knowledgeable individuals are welcome. Both Questions…

    In my opinion it’s because we seek approval from our abuser for so long it becomes 2nd nature. People can phrase things that make us feel that old feeling of self doubt. It’s very uncomfortable. It took me sometime to realize I didn’t have to take things personally. I wasn’t the subject, the mistake…

    Because CHILDREN cannot consent. You’re a child until you’re 18. I’m rather disgusted you felt the need to ask this question.

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    Prof. of Ed.Psych. and lifelong advocate for children · Thu ·

    When to suspect there’s a problem:

    My 4-year-old daughter says there are some bad words written on her belly but I see nothing there. She says it hurts really bad too. What does she mean and what should I do?

    Like some others who answered this question, I fear speculating inappropriately or causing you any fear that may be unwarranted. But this story strongly reminds of a case history by a child psychotherapist in Lenore Terr’s Too Scared to Cry. A two-year old girl I will call Cassie was a bright, happy…

    Psychotherapist and Hypnotherapist · Thu ·

    HOW OLD IS YOUR INNER CHILD? Did back to back inner child healing sessions today. It’s always an Overwhelming experience for the client to meet his/her own younger self for the first time. Your inner child rules your thoughts and behaviour making up who you are today. Your inner child could be 4 year o…

    Full Time SAHM (2017–present) · Wed ·

    Is isolation considered abuse? As a child I was “grounded” 90% of the time. When not in school I spent ages 10-16 grounded in my room with nothing to do but sit on my bed or writing lines I was given. These periods would last for weeks and months on end. I would be off grounding for a few days then I…

    1. It isn’t hysterical. 2. Its not just having sex with a teenager as you put it. It is about understanding the legal requirements protecting the rights of children and understanding informed consent. In my state as in several Australian states it is 17yrs of age. * For informed consent to be valid, sever…

    It is a very difficult situation and I’m speaking from experience.That is putting it mildly.I was always worried.I put her before my safety my whole life so to speak.which is I think a reason I put others ahead of me most my life.I tried desperately to get her removed also.I was put in foster care a…

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    Triumphant over trauma · 6h ·

    Has anybody heard of Post Traumatic Growth? Have you experienced it? Can you give some examples please?

    Dear BB.. Thank you for your submission to the Space for trauma and abuse. Your life sounds tragic and so painful. The injury to your mind and body are obviously devastating. It sounds like you’ve had some professional help already by having diagnoses of Complex PTSD and DID. Thank heavens you have f…

    I have a couple of ideas. First of all, I’m a multiplicity, myself. I don’t call it “DID” because I don’t believe the psychiatrist’s perspective is helpful. I think of multiplicity in a positive way, because it helped me survive the trauma of being raped many times as a child and a youth — experienc…

    Without knowing the specifics I can relate in many ways with your virtually lifelong trauma and your urgency to heal. I would say that your system has kept you alive all of these years for a purpose. I ask that you respect the efforts involved in your survival and be patient with yourselves. For me,…

    I know that times are hard for all of us, and some of us had it really rough as kids. Some kids don’t live to tell about it, so it is up to us to tell it for them. As so many of us know, there are people out there that knew something, but stood by our abusers anyway. Little Harmony Montgomery was gu…

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    Former Chief Executive · Tue ·

    What are some effective punishments for kids that just don’t listen?

    Is it really the children at fault here or as an adult should you be taking responsibility for your failure to deliver the message effectively…. What other reason for why a child doesn’t listen and take it it could there be… I suggest that if a child does not listen then you need to communicate with t…

    No darling it is not nor was it your fault in any shape or form!
    Darling if your parents are angry with you it’s simply that they don’t understand how it happened under their nose.
    It could mean that they grew up a different time where people simply blamed the female, no matter what age that child…

    Prof. of Psych., knows human motives, behavior and change. · Jan 11 ·

    How do I make my intrusive thoughts go away/reduce them? I sometimes cry from how bad they are and I think of if this is who I really am deep down. I can’t take it anymore.

    The only way out is through. People who try to ignore or deny or force their intrusive thoughts away usually don’t succeed in the long run. They may have temporary success, but those thoughts always come back unless you actually deal with them. Dealing means accepting them, studying them, learning ab…

    I have been in therapy 2 and a bit years with this psychologist. Since I was in my 20’s (20 something years ago) I’ve had a dozen or so therapists. Every single time I’ve started with a new person I’ve gotten very attached, very quickly and been convinced this time would be the time that would be th…

    This space is intended for compassionate and informed exchange of ideas, advice and information to guide people who struggle with the effects of childhood abuse. Professionals are welcome as contributors as well as those seeking guidance or advice. Please understand that long personal narratives or seeking extensive therapeutic answers are not in keeping with the goals of this space.

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