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Ghosts in the nursery: the secret thoughts of a sick child's parents

Ghosts in the nursery: the secret thoughts of a sick child's parents

American Journal of PsychoTherapy 68(1): 81-102

Parents facing a child's illness is difficult, nearly unbearable. In addition to the fear for their child's wellbeing, medical tests--even the entire health care system--seems to intrude upon family life, interrupting the family routine, disrupting the ability to live a normal life, and sometimes reintroducing thoughts of unprocessed traumas from the parents' pasts. This paper will explore how a therapist can expose how deep personal secrets--rejection, disgrace, disappointment--and subsequent feelings of guilt and shame arise during these crises, propose how to work with parents, and assist parents in processing these secrets.

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PMID: 24818458

DOI: 10.1176/appi.psychotherapy.2014.68.1.81

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