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What do we mean when we speak of ‘Mental Health’. I was talking to a woman the other day and she told me that mentally she was fine, but her emotions was torn to shreds. As I walked back home I couldn’t help but think about what she had said.

Can we be torn to shreds emotional but ok mentally?
I have worked for many years with children and young people that have suffered abuse at the hands of others. I am talking all forms of abuse ie, domestic violence, bullying, emotional abuse, physical abuse, verbal abuse and sexual abuse.

I have helped to train trainers to work with those that have suffered at the hands of abusers. People as young as twelve and thirteen years of age have shown outwardly to suffer depression, panic and anxiety attacks. When our mental health is under attack it can dull our senses, make us feel that we just can’t think straight. Sleep is difficult and the mind is just unable to rest. This is however different to mental illness. Mental discomfort, as I like to call it, can and is induced by abuse.

There is a lot of information on the Internet of child abuse, which seems to dwindle as you try to find something for adult survivors. It is good that the information and knowledge concerning children is now more available but children do grow up. The discomfort does not get easier as we get older; we just learn to bury it deeper. Other priorities become more important like, husbands and children, running a house and possibly holding down a part time or full time job.

As a survivor myself, I have realized as I have become older there is little if anytime for my own inner feelings. Some times I feel that is a good thing and help me stop dwelling on what cannot be change. Other times I want to go back and dwell in that place I could not wait to leave. I pine for the person I might have been had things been different, had I not been born to a dysfunctional family. Then I take a good look at myself, and many of the young people I have worked with. Then I realize just what a brilliant job I, and those young people have done with our lives. Just thinking about the physical and mental strength it takes to bring up a family, hold down a job, survive and help others do the same. Then I know who I am, I am me and that is what counts and every day I try to be, all that I can be. Do you have 'abuse issues' do you work with people who have These could be a useful tool for working with ALL forms of abuse;

You can buy my books at any of these sites;

http://www.shaminosrealm.com.au/carpediempublished.htm
http://poetryvine.com/survivors/index.php
http://www.spellsweeper.com/
http://www.spellsweeper.com/html/book_club.html
http://www.artisticpoets.com/index.html
http://www.artisticpoets.com/cubecart/index.php

Published: 2006-05-05
Author: Mel Moore

About the author or the publisher
I've been a Foster carer for twenty years and have worked/lived disturb teenagers, my inspiration comes from the children Ilived/worked with.I have written poetry for years and am now writing my first true-life novel and auto-biography. I have two books of poetry Which are;
Silent Witness ISBN: 0975830872
and Nature's Repose ISBN: 0975846426 Viewed or purchased at http://www.shaminosrealm.com.au/

My third book 'Psuedo Love' is released by Publish America, 7th June 2006

www.shaminosrealm.com.au/

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