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"Adult Children" (or ACOA) refers to people who were raised by alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional caregivers.
Some traits that Adult Children share are:
- overdeveloped sense of responsibility
- approval seeking
- conflict avoidant
- difficulty with intimacy
- feel fundamentally different from "normal" people
- may have issues with self esteem, shame, boundaries, abandonment, or authority figures
Some positive effects of a dysfunctional childhood are:
- highly developed self reliance
- ability to sense the mood of a room or person
- increased empathy and compassion
- awareness of abuse dynamics and tactics
Adult Children in recovery strive to go from an emotional child in an adult's body to an adult with a child-like side. Recovery is an ongoing process with many paths and detours and side trips. Recovering from childhood issues can be a lifetime endevour, but healing IS possible.
While the focus of this site is personality disorders, much of the information is relevant to Adult Children: http://outofthefog.net/CommonNonBehaviors/Fleas.html
This is an old and very trusted email group at Yahoo groups. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the weekly mailing list. You can stay anonymous.
If you are interested in attending 12-Step meetings, here is the ACOA live meeting locator: http://www.allone.com/12/aca/ You do not have to "share" at the meetings or speak unless you want to.
Find a therapist: www.GoodTherapy.org Consider a therapist who has experience and training with trauma issues. EMDR therapy has been proven to help PTSD symptoms.
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