What Lies Beneath Childhood Behaviour
While working on my book The Road To Mental Wellness, I got to thinking about how far the mental health community has come. The section I am working on is talking about when I was a kid. Let me tell ya, back in the 80’s mental illness was a taboo subject and making jokes about those with a mental health condition was as normal as pouring your first-morning coffee.
An individual well versed in the ways of all things behavioural related would know that all behaviour happens for a reason and the actual behaviour being witnessed can’t always be taken at face value. Knowing this, a question naturally springs to mind. What is really going on here? Armed with the knowledge that I only hit objects, one can safely assume that I was not violent by nature. So then, what could it be?
Understanding children’s behaviour (great video)
In my case, I have always had long periods of sadness and loneliness, it is very likely that my major depression started early. Unfortunately, at that time, I had no skill sets to deal with this deep-seated melancholy.
Lacking the proper tools to identify and manage depression, I became angry, aggression was my only way of coping and as a result, I took out my feelings on inanimate objects. Sadly, the adults that surrounded me were also ill-equipped to see what was really going on. That acting based on what they were seeing, an aggressive child that needs to be punished for acting out.
So there you have it, a sad little fella that was punished for the behaviour that depression produced, proving that our perception isn’t always reality. I can’t help but wonder where I would be today if someone would have looked a little deeper.
Please, understand that there is a story behind that little child’s behaviour, the one we all know who seems to be struggling with mood regulation. So be kind and get to the bottom of what is really taking place. Think of the impact you could have.
if you are suffering from PTSD or another mental illness, please reach out. I thank you for your service and you are still worthy and mean something. I believe in you!
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