In response to a wish I expressed in a recent blog on Post Traumatic Stress to raise awareness of suffering and the attempt to label those who have endured trauma, neglect or emotional abuse, I am sharing the link to a post by a valued follower on how their life was affected by the trauma of emotional abuse and how they were then pathologised as the “Identified Patient’.
This identified patient is often a family member who is chosen consciously or unconsciously as the scapegoat. They are often subjected to complex emotional abuse and can come to believe they are flawed or ‘disordered’ in some way. The scapegoat is often the one who may choose to speak out and so they are devalued by certain members of the family system that is sick. I hope this post benefits some readers.