She said I had cancer, and an eating disorder, and pneumonia. I didn’t realize it was abuse until years later

I felt the cold metal of the tool through my shirt as she checked my spine for deformities. I was filled with panic, and a certainty that I had scoliosis. I pictured my spine twisted. Would I need a back brace? Eventually a wheelchair? I got lightheaded and said I needed to stop the test.

My mom was so good at combining fact with fiction that even I got confused what was real sometimes.

She explained that Munchausen syndrome by proxy is a rare form of abuse where a caregiver invents illnesses in a child.

These Fearless Females Are Drumming Their Way Into Music’s Biggest Boys’ Club

The Gay Black American Who Stared Down Nazis in the Name of Love

I’m Nonbinary. I Loved Being Pregnant. It’s Complicated.

Continue reading...

Read full article on theguardian.com


About this site

Mental health is a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of a mental disorder; it is the "psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment".

Feed Display

#1 Mental Health Blog – Talkspace