Originally posted by SAR:
As a child and a teen I was "treated" for a bunch of problems that weren't my problems at all, more like reactions to the problems of others around me. But I didn't have a psychologist tell me that, in fact I had just the opposite-- professionals who were more than happy to assume (and tell me) that I was just getting a head start on the addiction and mental illness that were my genetic destiny.
OOH welcome to my world!! If I had a dollar for everyone who said "YOU NEED PSYCHIATRIC HELP" I would be rich. As I move into my own life away from my abusive, controlling, alcoholic growing up home, I find that I"m a pretty normal, sane, decent, relaxed human being. I have a pretty strong startle reflex, and very short anger-fuse, but who the hell could blame me growing up in that chaos????