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Ezel

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Adoption / severe depression
« on: April 25, 2012, 10:35:34 PM »
 The roots of my depression start from my early teens and soon after my sister was pressured into aborting her baby when she was 15.   Whatever I did was never good enough, I was moody, I was compared with my sister who was ‘perfect’ and clever, I was a liar, you name it I got it chucked at me.  It was such a stupid situation that I tested out a theory that if I lied to my parents they would believe me but if I was honest I would be accused of lying.  Sadly my theory proved right hence the reason I constantly got accused of lying.

What made my depression severe was being coerced into surrendering my son in 1981.  I fell pregnant when I was 19 years old and worked for the civil service   at the end of a bad relationship.  I kept quiet long enough not to be pressured into surrendering but when my parents found out they decided my baby was being adopted no matter what.   I refused to agree to this so refused to discuss the matter.  My parents arranged everything so the first time I saw anybody from the adoption agency was after he was born and I still refused to agree to him being adopted.  Not once did I agree to him being adopted, I didn’t know my rights, I didn’t see the paper work and I didn’t sign anything yet the adoption still went through.  I didn’t even know I couldn’t consent to surrender until my son was 6 weeks old.  It took 23 years and reunion for me to find out the extent of the lies.

Adoption is the most painful experience I have ever gone through and it is an invisible amputation.  It is gut wrenchingly painful and I have never got over it.  I believe I was going mad as I was expected to get on with my life and forget about my son.  Yet I was hurting inside and the pain was a real pain but nobody would have believed me if I tried to explain it.  For many years I went through a cycle of self harming and trying to commit suicide by overdosing.  I would use knives and scissors to cut myself, usually round my stomach, sometimes my arms so nobody would ask questions.  The suicide attempts obviously didn’t work although I did end up in hospital overnight and on a heart monitor back in 1998.  That was one of the scariest nights of my life and when I hear of people who have near death experiences I believe them as I went through that on that night. 

I need to stop now and give myself a break.

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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2012, 10:40:48 PM »
 &*( Pip.

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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2012, 10:42:50 PM »
 &*( for you Pip. Xxxxxx

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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2012, 11:13:48 PM »
Thank you  &*( I don't expect anybody to understand, I only need to people to accept that I am telling the truth.

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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2012, 11:16:11 PM »
Course we do Pip  &*( &*(

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« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2012, 08:37:59 AM »
would never dis-believe you Pip  &*( &*(.

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« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2012, 11:19:52 AM »
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« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2012, 11:13:48 PM »
Pip, I've only just seen this, I'm so sorry for what you have been through &*(

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« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2012, 12:26:20 PM »
Haven't been on for a while so hadn't noticed your post. Just to say "I hear you". And sorry you went through all that stuff and that you still live it everyday. x x

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« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2012, 12:35:17 PM »
Sounds horrendous  :(

What a thing to go through.

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« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2012, 07:49:17 PM »
Thanks everybody, I found it helped to start talking about adoption.  Although I had suffered with depression it wasn't until I found my son that I realized how severe my depression was or how much I had been supressing it.

It has helped me getting to know other mothers who had been through similar experiences.