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THE VARIED PRESENTATIONS OF PTSD continued

Workers

Dr Geoff Rickarby Consultant Psychiatrist November 2014

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The Amputation part 1

Mothers

I truly believed it should be removed – my leg, that is.

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The Charcoal Pits

Adopted people

When I was about five years old, my adoptive father decided to use his adopted children to make more money.

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The Edwards Family Story

Mothers

I Elizabeth Edwards on behalf of my late and former husband William John Edwards our daughter Kim Elizabeth Edwards abducted from me in the labor ward before the placenta was expelled, and our other surviving 5 children graciously request that you respect our right to name our baby and not block out this name it is not her adopted name.

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The Edwards Family Story

Mothers

During the period of my maternity in 1963 I was indoctrinated with the advice that if I loved my baby I would give it to a married couple.

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The Edwards Family Story

Mothers

When I did receive a copy of the birth certificate I was shocked to see our precious little baby officially recorded as unnamed Toohey so I requested the immediate return of my baby.

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The Edwards Family Story

Mothers

We have verily been informed that our child is not illegitimate

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Teenage Years

Mothers

No one suggested a way for me to keep the baby. Adoption was the “only” and “best” plan offered. It would give the baby security and a good two parent home and remove the stigma of illegitimacy. It would hide my parent’s shame. It would give me a new start. It also broke my heart.

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The Amputation part 2

Mothers

At home, the stump bled and bled. I think I was in shock so the pain wasn’t too bad.

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The Double Whammy

Adopted people, Mothers

You cannot take a chil;d from its mother and not expect that child or mother to 'get on with life'. There is damage done to both for the rest of their lives. They will experience a range of issues including detachment, poor self worth, anger, resentment, denial & often an inability to commit to others.

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The Edwards Family Story

Mothers

We the Edwards family reject the adoption of our daughter/Sister

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The Edwards Family Story

Mothers

I was unaware of the Diethylstilboestrol (DES) being administered to suppress my lactation, although I did become aware of this after my return home on the 3rd day to be placed in the charge of my Mother.

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The Edwards Family Story

Mothers

FOI (Freedom of Information) records show that although the Court appointed a priest as Guardian ad Litem

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The Edwards Family Story

Mothers

It is possible that my hospital file would have been marked BFA baby for adoption or A for adoption, this was a code generated to alert the labor ward staff not to allow a single and vulnerable mother to see or hold her baby.

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