The cause of secondary depression in childhood is the absorbed emotional pain from a loved one suffering from chronic trauma, abuse or neglect. Children are emotionally connected to their mother in-utero – what she feels, they feel. They are emotional sponges and when a loved one is in chronic emotional pain they suffer just as deeply as if the pain was their own.
Many children become highly empathetic at a young age and highly sensitive to the suffering of others.
Guest Post: Elzbieta Pettingill (thegiftofdepression.com) ‘Life Realized’
Have you been affected by prolonged depression, or any other “mental disorder” for that matter? If the answer is yes, then you, my dear are a very, very special person.
It’s time for you to know what an incredible gift you are to this world. You didn’t come here by chance. You weren’t born in this particular physical body, with those particular genes that made you predisposed to depression or some other mental “issues” without a reason.
As the wounded child heals, he learns to accept all people – even those whose behavior was evil towards him. He develops a greater understanding of others and for why they behave the way they do. This sets him free to forgive and to stop judging and to stop fixing.
Wisdom through suffering, acceptance, compassion and forgiveness heals the wounded child and from their own wisdom and experiences they can then go on to assist in the healing of other wounded children.
Love & baby steps,