I have no official qualifications, other than “empathy,” and a BA in Psychology; and, while those things are “something,” they’re not nearly enough to speak with authority.
What I want to state though, in this essay, is that, we, as a society, due to a variety of reasons, don’t follow up and follow through effectively and efficiently, with our children who are suffering.
I’m not even convinced that if the resources were widely available, that we’d even know how to get results!
This essay comes at a time in my life, when I am realizing the impact that childhood neglect and general suffering have had on me!
As of late, I have found myself believing that my psychosis was possibly caused by my high childhood (and adulthood) anxiety.
But, I was never treated for mental health issues, until I was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder!
No, I don’t believe anxiety is solely to blame; but, I do think it has played a role in the mental health symptoms I experience today!
So, more to the point…
What can be done about abuse, neglect, and all the issues surrounding these two phenomena?
My belief… not much.
Yes, sadly… not much!
Until you’re an adult that is, which at that point, means you’ve automatically been entered into a “healing” journey.
Occasionally, strides are made during one’s childhood, but not nearly enough is done!
It is so incredibly sad (and painful) to think that I, as a child, experienced neglect with the added touch of food insecurity.
I was always fed, but two days outside of grocery day, all snacks were rummaged through and gone, out of the house!
We’d always siphon through them, until they were caput.
There are actually much worse stories involving neglect and abuse. This, I am quite aware of!
But, I cannot begin to write about them, because I don’t know enough about them on an “intimate” level.
All I am familiar with are my personal experiences.
Presently, I am obese and in need of more than a temporary fix for my eating issues.
I have come to believe I am a food addict.
So, at some point, I’ll either have this food addiction thing figured out (and, maybe get some more time on Earth)… or I’ll simply die!
And, I’d be foolish to think that I couldn’t get a myriad of other ailments that might easily take my life before that happens.
Thus, I am making note of the fact that none of us know when our time has come.
We are given today only.
And, wouldn’t I love to do “more” with my today’s?
Yes, I would!
But, my chronic illness has no let up.
I face symptoms every day, that could have, quite possibly, gotten their start in childhood.
With anxiety, depression, and neglect.
Whose to say much of this couldn’t have been avoided?
All I can do is surmise that an Andrew Yang or a Bernie Sanders couldn’t have made a real impact on me (or my family)?
They couldn’t, right?
So, if someone tells you to buck up out there in the blogosphere (or in real life)… you might want to suggest that they get an encyclopedia. And, while they’re at it, change zip codes… Lol.
So you’ll no longer have to deal dumb people!
But, I am sure you know… dump people are everywhere!