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I Have Had a Bad Childhood

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    I suffered from severe,

    repeating nightmares & hallucinations as a child. Despite being an imaginative child, I could never see any beauty in my nightmares. They haunted me night after night, and I would sit in my bed in tears and drenched in perspiration. Most children would run to seek comfort in...
    aridkids aridkids 13-15, F Jan 23

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    I Had A Bad Childhood.

    This is something I wrote when I was really down one night. Kind of is everything that happened My past has a lot to do with who I am. I guess since its never been easy theres so much to cry about that I can't stop. It just all started with my mom cheating, I remember being...
    Krudd10 Krudd10 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 17, 2013

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    growing up my dad was never around.

    when I was 8 my dad told me that there were some bad people after him and we were all going to move to Spain and I had the choice to go with them and loose all my friends or I could be put in a home and keep them. naturally being 8 I went with him. I later realised that his...
    charlottemurrell charlottemurrell 16-17, F 1 Response May 28

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    Very bad life since 2003 I ws 12 .

    . v v bad. Nothing happened like I wanted . I m just broke now feel to die
    pooja23soni pooja23soni 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 16

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    Yo Mama

    yo mama is with my dad haha
    gymnast1cs gymnast1cs 16-17 Sep 26, 2012

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    My Mind Does Not Want To Behave, Maybe Telling It For The First Time Will Release The Memories.

    I don’t really know quite where to start, or really what to write because I have never gotten this all out, but my mind is misbehaving and I hope writing will allow the memories to slow down and for me to have some sort of peace again. My story started before I was even born...
    WinterPixieDust WinterPixieDust 22-25 1 Response Dec 30, 2010

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    Everything Starts At The Beginning

    Well. It's been a pretty hectic month. I joined a dating site, found a guy that I talk to very often. He flirted, of course. I remember the comment that started it all. It was about cuddling. And I, of course, couldn't even think of cuddling with anyone. Ever. I said I...
    image123 image123 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 30, 2010

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    Scarred Me For Life.

    It's been eating away for a while now. I've had a dad who is an drunk, he's probably scared me emotionally for life. Mabye that's why im incapable of feeling real emotions. But there is one time that tops all else. It was new years 2006. I was 12. I was home for the holiday...
    Yearsgoby Yearsgoby 18-21, M 8 Responses Feb 24, 2013

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    Ehh Wasn'T The Worst..

    I grew up in a drug filled home. My parents were always drunk, high, and fighting. My mother never had a job but yet she still didn't do anything for me & my siblings. We got put out a lot bc the rent $ when always be spend on something else. My siblings were both almost a decade...
    kierraloves kierraloves 22-25, F May 19, 2013

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    Mantra

    My childhood isn't really over yet since I'm 16. Well, judicially it's not over. Spiritually and emotionally it is. It's so easy for me to recall bad memories, I have so many of them. I never felt safe. My father has a really bad temper which still scares my sick. Anyways...
    Lola91 Lola91 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 10, 2008

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    Some Background

    I have a bigger family than most. I am a teenager with a biological mom and dad, ex step Mom, step dad, what I call my dads hookers, my step moms boyfriend, and a man who's been like a father to me my whole life, along with 5 sisters, a brother, and one of the way. Not the...
    seiraseven seiraseven 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 9, 2013

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    I rested the heaviness of my full mind on the soft bright yellow comforter that felt cool against my face and I tightened my eyes as the room around me dimmed just slightly. The warm golden light of the sun danced around the clouds, neighbors slammed doors upstairs talking loudly...
    happinessisajourney happinessisajourney 22-25, F Sep 21, 2013

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    Self Centered Parents And Mean Step Parents

    My parents divorced when I was just 1 ½ years old. They had gotten married young; my dad was only 20 and my mother 18. When they separated my mother left and I stayed with my dad who was going to university at the time. He left me with all manner of people and basically ignored...
    sadmom43 sadmom43 41-45, F Apr 12, 2013

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    When I Was Young

    I've never told my childhood to many ppl but I'm 32 now and feel I'm healed enough to say it so I cant actually remember nothing younger then 5.So here we go I have a step sister and brother that are my dads kids my step brother would always come over because my dad was never...
    brepadron brepadron 31-35, F 4 Responses Apr 8, 2013

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    From Child To Failure

    To be honest im sure no one will actually read this or care enough to make it threw this whole story and thats ok I just need to write this. At this point im not only frustrated but Ive reached a new level of sadness and loneliness and I believe it is because as an adult my...
    lyzerg lyzerg 22-25, M 8 Responses Mar 24, 2012

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    Bad Memories...

    when I was 3 years my two sisters and I seperate from our parents they went to another city to get their new job, we stayed with my grandmother. After a year my grandmother bring us a babysitter, at first she was kind and I loved her, but things got worst she started to hit me...
    Maeel Maeel 18-21, F 4 Responses Nov 8, 2011

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    My mother was always drunk

    when I was growing up. She abused me terribly even when she was sober. I could write a book of all her abuse. One time she tried to break my legs because there was still a little bit of grease left on a pan I washed. Another time she beat me with the medal part of a dog leash...
    LilLady1213 LilLady1213 18-21, F 5 Responses Mar 6

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    I remember at the age of 5 my grandfather

    committed suicide. After that I feel like it only got worse. My mom dad and uncle were addicted to crack since I can remember. I had a hard time learning so we moved and I had no friends and was an only child. All I had was my dog... She was my best friend. My parents would lock...
    Nich91 Nich91 22-25, F 3 Responses May 13

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    Raped Beaten Abandoned

    at the age of two my mother was taken to prison for drugs leaving me with no where to go.. my grandparents were the only ones to take me in..  i would go to the other side of the state to visit my dads side of the family only for him to beat me and my sister to be treated...
    hatredsimmers hatredsimmers 18-21 2 Responses May 24, 2008

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    Feeling So Alone.

    Even though i have both of my parents,it feels like if i don`t have either. My 35 yr old mother perfers clubbing and living the party life instead of taking responsbility for her own daughter and sons .she thinks that abanding us was a good idea because of her i suffer inside...
    ladylovee23 ladylovee23 13-15 1 Response Jan 4, 2013

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    Broken Children

    By the time that I was twelve I had been raped, molested, and raped again.When my mother and father separated they gave me away to a very poor, and uneducated family in NYC, because my mother was too addicted to heroin to take care of me. I had a little brother thirteen months...
    barbarasmith123 barbarasmith123 41-45, F 1 Response Sep 27, 2011

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    Not the Worst, But Traumatic Still

    I remember my parents fighting a lot.  When I was barely 3 my dad was shot and killed by his supposed friend.  This took it's toll on my mom, who is bipolar type II anyway, and I remember her being depressed and yelling a lot and just kind of going crazy on and off for...
    eromreven eromreven 26-30 4 Responses Dec 10, 2007

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    My Happy Life

    I'm an illigitimate child. Father has another family, so does mother. I would watch my parents curse and violently hit each other. I was 4. My mother got into drugs. Tried to kill me and my sibling few times (car crash, and drown us while swimming in the beach). Mother had done...
    Damaged111 Damaged111 18-21 1 Response Dec 19, 2012

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    I Didn'T Have A Normal Childhood

    I didn't get to hang out with friends. I never got to go to any fun places. I have been to an amusement park only TWO times in my whole life. I didn't have birthday parties and rarely did anything for my birthday. I never went to prom. I didn't have a fun childhood. You get the...
    LikeAPrayer LikeAPrayer 18-21, F 6 Responses May 2, 2013

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    Lost And Uninspired

    I've never told anyone about my childhood,but lately its been eating me alive. I grew up in rural Oklahoma. We were very poor,the kinda poor where you live off balogna sandwiches in a house with boarded over windows. Being poor isnt really the problem though. Sometime around the...
    lostseeker lostseeker 41-45 2 Responses Aug 5, 2012

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    Stepchild Nightmares

    So basically I am now a 22 year old psychology major who dropped out of college freshman year, attended community college and then enrolled again changing my major of biology to psychology. I'm trying to understand my purpose for living. My mom and dad have been separated since I...
    Nowings Nowings 22-25 3 Responses Apr 29, 2012

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    What Was(is) Wrong With My Mother?

         I really need to talk to somebody. I am going trough an extremely complex, revealing, and painful process of healing. I am not even sure who to confide in and trust, or where to begin. I have been seeing a therapist, regarding depression...
    snappy31 snappy31 31-35, F 4 Responses Oct 21, 2009

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    Childhood

    * Grew up very poor * Barely any food *Constantly got yelled at by my mom * Constantly got picked on by my mom * Never really had any friends * Grew up in Single parent household *Only child * My mom hated me *She would punch me, throw laundry baskets at me, scare me with things...
    hopefuldreamfairy17 hopefuldreamfairy17 18-21 Aug 8, 2012

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    MY Childhood

    Life never does treat us the same, does it? Thats what you discover when u read other peoples' life stories. I believe I was quite vibrant and energetic  as a child- always up to some sort of mischief- something new- Thats how my parents would put it. Very carefree...
    sheenas sheenas 22-25, F 4 Responses Aug 16, 2008

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    When my friends talked about all the good times

    they had as children it made me realize that I really didn't have a great childhood. I remember a grown man taking something special from me that should have been given to a special someone when I WAS READY. I remember going up to my nephew in his coffin and touching his small...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses May 28

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    Poem

     Resurrect those four white walls And rebuild me a home Reunite me with my mother’s arms For the first time What do you call missing what you never had? …Must be something like a realization Must feel something like this...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Nov 13, 2008

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    Bad Memories

    When I was born, my dad left my mom. So they lived separately. I learned 3 languages at the age of 2 and attended a private homeschoolled "asian/chinese tutorings" I went to school and had to learn English. When I came home, I had tutoring for "chinese school" and english. I was...
    chikoritatard chikoritatard 16-17, F Dec 15, 2012

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    You Have To Make The Most Of It

    Life has its up and downs, we all know that. Sometimes it start off high and plummets like a shooting star. Through it all We all have to keep our head up, theres no use of frowning. My early middle income Childhood was like most, i had an older sister, a mom and dad, happily...
    The1ginger The1ginger 18-21, F 4 Responses Jun 4, 2013

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    Im an only child , the youngest in my family 17

    . i dont live with either of my parents . my dads been in and out of jail my whole life and the childhood memories i have with him are him doing meth and partying while i was there. my mom left him when i was 6 months. My mom and I never got along shes very verbally and...
    kayleighchey kayleighchey 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 6

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    This Was My Life

    when i was a small child i and not had a father nor did i really want one i was happy with it being just me and mom but mom got sad and lonely and found a man at work she brought him home a few times and one night even asked him to come over and watch me she would be a work late...
    layuf layuf 18-21, F 2 Responses May 17, 2007

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    Some Have It Way Worse

    I didn't have a bad childhood...was it all sunshine and roses?...No! But some people who have pretty good childhoods always complain and remember most of the bad times. Then I think about the children overseas who starve and are lucky to find a piece of bread for dinner. They...
    Jan 13, 2013

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    Growing Up Wasn't The Easiest Thing For Me,

    I Didn't Have A Dad Because He Chose To Leave. My Uncles Past Away When I Was Just A Little Girl. I Ain't Gonna Lie That Sh!t Ruled My World. My Grandpa Over Dosed When I Was Just In Second Grade & Everyday I Had Tears Running Down My Face. I Couldn't Sleep At Night Cause I Had...
    OhhAngie OhhAngie 13-15, F Mar 6

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    Things Are Getting Better

    Hi my name is Garrett and I have been having a lot of memories resurface of my childhood. Well, I don't know where to start... My dad died when I was three, and I have no idea what he looks like because my stepdad burned all his pictures (I'll mention it later on). What I know...
    garebear625 garebear625 22-25, M 2 Responses Oct 29, 2011

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    Lack Of Love, Acceptance, And Full Abuse....When Does It End Mom?

    I've only ever shared parts of my story and hoping that by getting this out of me might produce something good for my life. My mother was the eldest of 5 children, denied her childhood and forced to raise her siblings from a family who racist, she married my father young and...
    shubunkin shubunkin 46-50, F 3 Responses Apr 9, 2013

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    I get embarrassed sometimes

    when I talk about my childhood to my friends. They have all had great childhoods and mine was just complete horrible. I have never went on family vacations like they have. I never lived in one house longer than a year.
    UnknownNYC728 UnknownNYC728 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 30

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    On My Own...

    Is it wrong to secretly have a grudge against your parents for your bad childhood? There were times I wish my mom would pay a little attention or care for us. She never look at any of our report cards, test or acknowledge if we had a field trip or not. All she do is WORK and...
    Summer4eva Summer4eva 31-35 3 Responses Jun 9, 2011

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    Obviously, that's why I joined the group.

    While I could tell you the horrors of my past (I probably will in good time), for now, I think it is important to acknowledge the fact that I did have a rather horrific childhood that still affects me today (I'm in my late forties). The one piece of advice I can give to anyone...
    BohemianTragedy BohemianTragedy 46-50, M 3 Responses Dec 8, 2013

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    My aunt continually lies on my other half of my

    family. Even made up ridiculous story about my cousin that got so bad around school he dropped out. Why me.?
    JayKnotz JayKnotz 13-15, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    Daddy's Little Nothing

    Ever since I can remember my dad was my hero, I assume as every other daughter sees her father. My parents divorced when I was 6 years old. I lived with my mom after she kicked my dad out and he was forced to stay with his mother for lack of money. He came to visit me and my 3...
    LedaxLovelace LedaxLovelace 16-17, F Aug 8, 2013

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    Related Experiences

    this is me. damaged, broken me. there nothing special about me, im just an average women trying to muddle through life with ease. i was always a 'strange' child according to people...
    littlemiss052014 littlemiss052014 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 3

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    Home sweet hell.... Still to this day I have horrible nightmares from my childhood my mother was a typical single working mother who went to church and raised us well so everyone...
    Forbiddenkisses Forbiddenkisses 22-25, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    I keep having bad nightmares about my childhood about when on Christmas Eve my mum threatened to kill herself and my dad kicked the **** out of her friend in a drunken rage, I was...
    zacisbest45 zacisbest45 16-17, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Well I've never had any good childhood memories so this title makes sense. This sucks.
    XxbixtchybellaxX XxbixtchybellaxX 13-15, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I was moved from one school to the next which made me more vulnerable to be targeted and bullied...my brother tried to commit suicide at 11...I was 10 my parents divorced:/ I had...
    saskialara saskialara 16-17, F 2 days ago

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    At the age of 8 I was removed from my home. I was forced to move in with my Aunt who I never got along with. She was my evil step mom from the start. Well yesterday I got to see my...
    JayKnotz JayKnotz 13-15, F 5 days ago

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    When I was in fourth grade, I was a chubby outcast with a super unflattering haircut. For my birthday I can remember getting this grey shirt with a butterfly on it and it made me...
    mohawkmom mohawkmom 22-25, F 2 days ago

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    Have a Bad Dentist Experience ever had one......?
    michigan11 michigan11 22-25, M 4 days ago

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