Emotionally Neglected Children May Feel Like They Are Ghosts

“Emotional Neglect is the white space in the family picture; the background rather than the foreground. It is insidious and overlooked while it does its silent damage to people’s lives.” (Dr. Jonice Webb) Editor's note: I use "he" because "he or she" can interrupt the flow of sentences. But abuse can happen to any gender. … Continue reading Emotionally Neglected Children May Feel Like They Are Ghosts

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What Finn From ‘The Force Awakens’ and Adult Survivors of Emotional Child Abuse Have in Common

Editor’s Note: Upon reading this post, some readers may say, “Oh, it's just a movie!” Indeed, but stories, whether in books or movies or television programs, teach us about ourselves, about what we value, about what we love, about what we hate. Recently, I rewatched the latest Star Wars film, "The Force Awakens," and noticed … Continue reading What Finn From ‘The Force Awakens’ and Adult Survivors of Emotional Child Abuse Have in Common

From the Editor’s Mailbox: Being a Trusted Adult to Your Siblings, Going No Contact, and Why Therapy May Not Work for You

Editor's Note: The Invisible Scar does not offer professional advice, only opinion. Here's a look at the most common questions popping up in my inbox lately and some thoughts regarding them. My younger siblings live at home, and they're being emotionally abused by our parents. What can I do? Call the Childhelp National Child Abuse … Continue reading From the Editor’s Mailbox: Being a Trusted Adult to Your Siblings, Going No Contact, and Why Therapy May Not Work for You

National Child Abuse Awareness Month: Emotional Child Abuse Is Real and Its Effects Last Long Into Adulthood

Editor's note: April is National Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention month. The Invisible Scar is dedicated to raising awareness of emotional child abuse, so in honor of this month's focus, we'll revisit the definition of emotional child abuse, types of emotional child abuse, and its effects for those who are not yet familiar with the … Continue reading National Child Abuse Awareness Month: Emotional Child Abuse Is Real and Its Effects Last Long Into Adulthood

Interview With the President of Prevent Child Abuse America [Podcast]

For Child Abuse Prevention Month, the podcast Mom Enough (created by Dr. Marti Erickson and her daughter Erin Erickson to explore motherhood and the roles, challenges, and joys of mothers in today's society) interviewed Jim Hmurovich, president of Prevent Child Abuse America. In this rich, informative interview, Hmurovich and Erickson discuss... What to do when … Continue reading Interview With the President of Prevent Child Abuse America [Podcast]

April Is Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention Month: Let’s Talk About What People Don’t Talk About

This post is about emotional child abuse—but, please, keep reading it anyway, especially because April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month, especially because reaching out can make a huge difference. Most people will ignore the subject, turning the page or changing the channel or hopping to another website when the subject comes up. People who abuse their … Continue reading April Is Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention Month: Let’s Talk About What People Don’t Talk About