I Was Emotionally Neglected As a Child

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 151 People

    The Youngest

    I was the youngest of 4, it seems like I wouldnt be neglected with so many brothers and sisters, right? Wrong, every last one of my brothers and sisters didnt want a thing to do with me, and my mom and dad were either working or to busy to do anything with me as well. I spent...
    flusky flusky
    2 Responses Apr 3, 2013

    I Am Not Good With My Parents

    I feel i am neglected an not safe here in this house, i can't do what i want . i am prisoned
    odd1984 odd1984
    31-35, M
    1 Response Nov 2, 2013

    11yrs Of Love And Then Nothing!!!!!

    When i was growing up it was amazing, i was the youngest of 4 and my mum absolutely adored me. She was a single mother of  us and we had hard times but she always showed us love. She had many men come and go and we spent alot of time with my wonderful Grandfather which we really...
    gwilliams11 gwilliams11
    1 Response Oct 13, 2011

    Impossible Wish.

    I have one burning desire, that is to have an older sister who will hold me, hug and be there for me. There is something horribly wrong with me, I knew right from the start something is wrong, but I can't seem to properly define it. I was well clothed, well fed, maybe my back...
    Kaslyne Kaslyne
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Mar 24, 2013
    Goushung Goushung
    26-30, M
    4 Responses Jun 26, 2010

    I Used To Get Left Alone As A Child...now I Go Crazy When I Get Left Alone

    Hi...I don't know if anyone is on these message boards any more, but this is worth a shot. I went through emotional neglect as a child - my parents didn't want me, they made fun of me, they did drugs and drank around me, as a small child they used to leave me on my own or in the...
    girlhurts girlhurts
    5 Responses Apr 28, 2012

    Feeling Neglected

    I'm not neglected as a child, but i am as a wife. At first we are doing fine, but as days passed he no longer giving me his time, if he do i can see in his face that he was bored. He spent his time chatting with his friend and play games. I saw how happy he was, but not happy...
    iamfaye iamfaye
    41-45, F
    1 Response Sep 5, 2013

    Getting Up From A Broken Life

    Hi, I'm glad I found this site. I spoken my story so many times. And most of the time it was to people who in the end didn't care. But hey, we get through it just to come out stronger. Well okay, so I"m going to start my story. I was born as a very gifted, talented, very...
    evylan881 evylan881
    18-21, F
    Oct 16, 2012

    And this damages a person severely.

    Not just as a child. But their entire life.
    tiger3cub8 tiger3cub8
    51-55, M
    Mar 19, 2016

    I don't believe that my parents emotionally

    neglected me intentionally. I know that they love me more than anyone and that they raised me the best they knew how. However, it wasn't the form of parenting that I needed growing up. I am a very emotional and highly sensitive person so naturally I cried a lot as a child. My...
    ChristinaWolf ChristinaWolf
    18-21, F
    Nov 18, 2015

    The Five Uncommon Strengths of the Emotionally

    Neglected With their heads held high but their spirits lower than should be, they walk among us. “I don’t need any help,” they say with a smile. But “what do you need?” they ask others with genuine interest. Loved and respected by all who know them, they struggle to...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Feb 24, 2016


    I feel as if I missed out on my childhood, I feel as if I didn’t have one really. The person who emotionally abused and neglected me was my moms boyfriend. I‘ll call him Bob, for I just hate saying his real name. She was with him, for as long as I could remember. I...
    arrissa1 arrissa1
    6 Responses Nov 12, 2010

    Dream Of A Child

    When I was a child I grew up never knowing that I was emotionally neglected, because I was an only child and a lonely child for the first ten years of my life. It just didn't occur to me that there was something missing. I had all my basic needs met, but didn't feel loved and...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Dec 27, 2012

    I Want To Believe I Am A Liar.

    My mother had wanted a boy. After 2 girls and 5 miscarriages, she had me - another female. I can not remember anything before 5 years of age but when i was 5, her wish came true. She loved my brother, holding him with the kind of embrace I can only wish for even now as an adult...
    Feb 13, 2013

    Sometimes I Have Flashbacks.

    I'm an adult now, emotionally neglected & verbally abused as a child, I sometimes have flashbacks.  I often feel guilty about them. There's no one to blame because my parents had it worse than I did.  As a child I was never validated, as an adult I'm constantly searching for...
    ssnlng15 ssnlng15
    5 Responses Feb 7, 2011

    ...almost 40 and still dealing with her crazy

    ****. Why can't I move forward?
    twinmama3609 twinmama3609
    41-45, F
    1 Response Jun 30, 2014


    I have self esteem problems. I try to get a hold on things, but it's so hard, because they didn't care enough. I sometimes think that maybe I shouldn't care either. I remember, as a young teenager, trying to hold on to my daddy's arm as we walked through Walmart. And he pushed me...
    FreeBird321 FreeBird321
    18-21, F
    1 Response Mar 4, 2011

    It Hurts. Really Bad.

    I was emotionally neglected by my dad. I was also verbally, mentally, and emotionally abused by my dad and siblings. Being the youngest of 3 children, it is really hard. When I was 9 my dad found out that my mom cheated on him, but he took all of his anger out on me. Growing up...
    CrystalViolet7 CrystalViolet7
    16-17, F
    1 Response Apr 16, 2013


    I feel embarrassed about my childhood neglect, I'm trying to act the part of the social class I want to be, I'm attending college, a sergeant in the army, I live by motivation quotes that keep me positive that I can succeed in life, I can do better than where I came from. The...
    howtolovemyself howtolovemyself
    2 Responses Jul 14, 2012

    My Life.

    I was completely ignored as a child. I commonly refer to my upbringing as one comparable to the raising of an animal, because I was fed, clothed, let outside & left alone. The only attention I received was negative attention from my mother. She got upset with me over everything...
    CLC1990 CLC1990
    26-30, F
    1 Response Apr 8, 2013

    My mom and dad were on drugs

    when I was younger. Hell, she thinks that she still was being pregnant with me. He was abusive, she was a compulsive liar and still is. He left physically, she left emotionally. I'm constantly told what I can't do, what I'm doing, and what I should be doing. The emotional...
    calinashrebel calinashrebel
    16-17, F
    1 Response Oct 26, 2014

    Selfish Single Parent

    The first years of my life my mother was fighting cancer a lost that fight when I was 11. She was very sick in the end and wasn't home much. No one told me how sick mom was or that she was dying or even that she was real sick. She was told she had cancer at the same time she was...
    1dusty 1dusty
    Oct 16, 2012

    Trying To Find A Better Way

    As a kid I watched my dad beat my mom, Beat me scream and yell etc..In 4th grade a family friend help raised me..  Help me with school when my parents split, parts of 4th grade he started to sexually abusing me... And doing things to me when i was sleeping.. (woke up a couple of...
    wellsey1126 wellsey1126
    1 Response Mar 17, 2011

    ever since my little brother was born my mom

    payed attention to him or my big sister. and she still do it I'm 14, my brother is 10 and sister 17. I felt bad and I still do. I hate being the middle child I wish I can have a best friend who gets me and who will actually be my friend. I feel alone
    bitchybrandi bitchybrandi
    16-17, F
    1 Response Oct 26, 2014
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