Alice Miller, child abuse and mistreatment

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psychiatric treatment today
Monday December 01, 2008




Dear Dr. Miller,

First of all, I'd just like to say that it's exciting for me to write
to you. "The drama of the gifted child" has changed my life - I came
upon it at a fortuitous moment, when I was completely ready for it, and it
allowed me to give words to the pattern that has been controlling my life for so
long. Thank you so much for that.

Since reading that, and some others of your books, and undergoing therapy, I
became much more sensitive to the suffering people undergo as children. And to
the suffering of children themselves. I'm also quite amazed how much
insisting to a person that he has suffered as a child can make that person feel
his own pain, which he hasn't felt in years. But I've come across some
people who are extremely unhappy in their lives, and who seem to know that their
parents did them wrong. They are incredibly angry at their parents and are fully
aware of it. But still, this awareness doesn't seem to give them peace.
It's like they're aware of everything rationally, but don't let
themselves really feel their pain. Will you say that this makes sense as an
explanation? How could people like this find peace? They seem trapped in an
endless loop with no way out.

Quite happily, the two people I was referring to started seeking professional
help, and also psychiatric help. Coincidentally or not so, both got
prescriptions for anti-psychotic drugs. I was wondering if you have had any
experience with treating psychotic individuals. Is the type of situation I
described in the previous paragraph typical for them? Is sharing their pain and
bringing it to the surface even possible? Does it help?

I would dearly appreciate any answer and/or pointer you might give me.

Thank you, and best regards,

AM: Your explanation makes much sense. Unfortunately, psychiatrist treatment today is allways based on medication. How the person reacts to it differs from one person to another.

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