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Caprice_WebMD_Staff posted:
This week is Children's Mental Health Awareness Week and that made me wonder about all of you and what you wish could have happened when you were young. Did you begin having issues for one reason or another when you were a child? (Obviously, considering the focus of this community, that reason was often sexual abuse as a child.) If so, what kind of help would have made a difference?
You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
~Christopher Robin to Pooh
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DOGDANCING_TCOS responded:
I would like to see more research into PTSD and its affects on the developing minds of children.
I'm not really a psychopath, I just play one on the internet.
 
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Caprice_WebMD_Staff replied to DOGDANCING_TCOS's response:
I agree, Paja.
You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
~Christopher Robin to Pooh
 
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writejessss responded:
A recognition and awareness of depression in children (not to mention that children can be truly suicidal)...I think a lot of people really didn't see, but I think others saw and simply didn't know what they were seeing.
 
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marysings responded:
I've looked through all my school pictures and I am amazed that no one looking at them suspected something.

Unfortunately this was in the late 50s/early 60s. I expect no one wanted to get involved. What a difference intervention would have made in my life.
I'm strong willed and I tell it like it is. I make mistakes, I'm sometimes out of control, but I love and give with all my heart. Have patience with me as I heal.
 
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dustnbones99 replied to marysings's response:
I've looked at school pictures and thought the same thing. I know that I showed obvious signs of having problems or being abused. I spent most of grade school just rocking in my seat. In first grade the sweet nun told me it was ok to walk around the room if I needed to move around. Later a 3rd grade teacher got annoyed with the rocking and called my parents in for a meeting. It was suggested that i might me "retarded" which made them very angry with me. My mom hauled me off to the family GP who told her i was just "playing with myself" but seemed to have a normal IQ. My dad really seemed disgusted with me and i can still recall how bad i felt. Meanwhile my grandfather, who should have been thrown in jail, continued to do what he did.
 
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DOGDANCING_TCOS replied to dustnbones99's response:
(smiles at seeing Dusty again)

We as a society have made great advancements in talking about sexual abuse and making the subject that is discussed vs a hushed taboo topic. Back in us older peoples childhoods it was simply not discussed period.

There is still lots of work to be done.
I'm not really a psychopath, I just play one on the internet.
 
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Caprice_WebMD_Staff replied to writejessss's response:
I agree with that too, Jess, that real depression and even suicidal feelings or plans are not recognized or, if recognized, dealt with in any kind of helpful manner much of the time.
You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
~Christopher Robin to Pooh
 
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Caprice_WebMD_Staff replied to marysings's response:
Mine too, Mary.

My school pics tell a story too. One girl who lived next door even asked me about the screaming she heard coming from my home sometimes, but nothing was ever done despite some medical clues that doctors would have seen at an ER visit and another visit to a specialist. Nowadays at least the docs would have had to take action.
You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
~Christopher Robin to Pooh
 
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dustnbones99 replied to DOGDANCING_TCOS's response:
You're right about that. I've only recently talked a bit to my sister
about those days and we're in our late 40's now. Everyone in the family knew back then but it was never discussed.
 
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Caprice_WebMD_Staff replied to dustnbones99's response:
I'm glad that, at least now and finally, you are starting to be heard, Dusty... whether it's here or with your sister or anyone else.
You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
~Christopher Robin to Pooh
 
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healingmychild responded:
I am so glad that there is MORE awareness now then ever.That at lease they are making it aware.But still I think the public schools and teachers need to be more educated about the signs of sexual abuse.When I was in elementary school there was signs of my abuse but I think nobody wanted to get into this issue.I was a very shy girl and didn't like to be center of attention.I was born with a cleft lip and it was very difficult in my school years.With all the making fun at school and the things that where happening at home.I really don't know how I survive but I did.I Just wish wish my parents would of realize what was going on at my early age of the abuse.Or the school so they would of made my parents send me to get counselor.That probably would of made it easier in this process.Acknowledge of what happen to me not 25 yrs later.
~I am entitled to my own truth.~
There's more than anger,more than sadness,more than terror.There's Hope ~Edith Horning
 
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Caprice_WebMD_Staff replied to healingmychild's response:
It is amazing you got through those school years at all, Healing. But here you are, still standing, still fighting, and really working on healing. ((((hugs))))
You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
~Christopher Robin to Pooh


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