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04-21-2011, 02:09 AM   #1
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Were you a fearful child?

Some children are full of joy adventure. Others seem to be full of fear.

Were you a fearful child?

I personally was scared of everything (and I have no idea why). I was scared of the dark, storms, my sister (I know why I was scared of her), the wind, dying (as early as three), school, and SO MUCH more. I was just plain scared all the time.
04-21-2011, 02:20 AM   #2
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I had a decent childhood up until I was about 10, at which time my older brother started getting in fairly serious trouble with the police, auto theft, mostly. My parents pretty much had no idea how to cope with the situation, so they just withdrew. My mother went back to work, leaving my brother with even less supervision, and the family basically fell apart. It was very stressful to me, and yeah, I was pretty scared a lot of the time, never knowing what was going to happen next. Plus, we lived in a small town, and everyone knew my brother's reputation, so with only a couple exceptions, no families would let their kids hang out with me, even though I wasn't the one getting into trouble. I was very unhappy. I've often wondered how my life would have been had I had no older brother, or had he not gotten into trouble.
04-21-2011, 06:35 AM   #3
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Yea, I was a real wimp! Painfully shy, 'over conscientious' featured on my school reports and used to vomit in my sleep regularly, especially if I was facing an exam, new event etc. The doctor told my Mum that, even at a very young age, it was due to stress. I think I've done quite well really, to wait til the age of 51 to develop Crohn's!!
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04-21-2011, 07:28 AM   #4
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My only fear was because I was deaf in one ear and the hearing aids 40 years ago were on the outside and on a harness, I only wore it to school but I hated it and people would stare and I became self conscience. So that made me a bit insecure.
04-21-2011, 02:18 PM   #5
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No, I was blessed with the most happiest of childhoods.
I was a tomboy, happy and fearless, a daredevil, the joker in the pack, or the thick one more like!
In fact, nowt's changed!
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04-21-2011, 03:58 PM   #6
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In fact, nowt's changed!
That's what I was gonna say!!
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04-21-2011, 06:18 PM   #7
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By all accounts I was a happy but extremely hyperactive child!
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04-25-2011, 06:40 AM   #8
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I had stages, I was a very nervous person I think but a large part of my life may have been managing a front to deal with this, people refer to me as confident and at times arrogant.
Throughout school I was bullied generally over superficial things, tbf it mightve made a goth out of me, I think i decided if I was gonna be attacked because of my appearance, It may aswell be on my terms rather than for being skinny and crap at sports, I can defend a choice I have made but had no defence for my lack of footballing ability nor my families poverty ( damn not having the right schoolbag and trainers in a clicky school : P )
As I grew I never escaped the anxious gripped feeling in my tummy, I once upon a time thought it was nerves but have come to understand its my ilium over the years, but before i knew this I believed it was my "anxiousness". I had happiness with friends, playing in the woods, building the best lego spaceships I could imagine and was rarely without friends until moving. As Im writing this now, I think tbf, even now Im not truly sure if I am incredibly nervous or in control but still instinctively assuming my crohns is nerves.
Umm i think im gonna need to think about this.
Will be interested If this makes any sense to anyone.
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04-25-2011, 04:58 PM   #9
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I had a lovely childhood, so I was happy, but I was also quite scared and gullible, but nothing out of the ordinary reeally.
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05-02-2011, 02:47 AM   #10
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I had a couple of specific fears (dark, slugs/snails, vomit) but they didn't affect my life as a whole, so I put 'no'. For the most part I was a dare devil tomboy sort of child, always up a tree!
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05-04-2011, 01:08 PM   #11
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When I was a kid, before Crohn's diagnosis, I was terrified of getting sick or catching someone's sickness. I remember obsessively washing my hands all the time at school and I would go the nurse all the time. I think back now and I probably didn't feel good because I had Crohn's and didn't know it. Hm... I think anxiety, stress and depression has a major major impact on crohns. Not sure how but I'm positive it is factored in somehow. I too was scared of storms and tornadoes (still am). I'm pretty much an anxious cat sometimes.=)
05-04-2011, 07:58 PM   #12
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I was a fun loving kid. I had 2 older sisters and 2 older brothers. My oldest brother never had any fun cause he was always looking for mom and dad, my next older brother looked half the time and I never looked. Damn the torpedos, full speed ahead. I got so many butt whoopings. My mom use to give me a spanking first thing in the morning just to be ahead for a little bit.
I have always been a prankster. I'll never change. I once jumped into a flooded river because I saw a bobber floating down stream. Boy did I do some dumb things.
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05-05-2011, 01:50 PM   #13
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I used to worry bout something happening to my mum and dad and when my little brother was young he had asthma - my mum says i used to watch him sleep just in case he stopped breathing. When i think about it wasn't fearful for myself , scared for my family and being alone. Plus the usual things : spiders,the dark, height and weirdly enough clowns and sheep lol
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05-08-2011, 04:29 PM   #14
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I was always a worrier even as a child, very deep thinker. Had psoriasis too probably as a result of stress - worrying about things I didnt need too and not worrying about things I ought too.
05-09-2011, 11:51 PM   #15
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I had a lot of worries and fears as a child. My parents were attentive and loving, but I seemed to be the only child who developed strange and deep fears, out of my siblings.

speaking up in class- I was very shy for a long time

doctors- I used to get strep throat a lot as a child. That was back in the 70's and early 80's when they used to give penicillin shots. Those hurt so bad! I don't think it would have been bad, but I used to get strep about three times a year.

shots- I hated needles

rats- I don't know where that one came from, but I was and still am very scared of them.

dentists- When I was 6, I heard the little girl in the next chair screaming her head off. I felt sorry for her and then became so terrified, that I couldn't move. I clung onto the arm rests. I didn't fuss or resist, I just froze. When I was 18, I had my wisdom teeth removed by an Army dentist. I still remember that unpleasant experience.

vomiting- I think it started after I caught a really bad stomach flu when I was 6. I thought I would never quit puking.

guns- My father, brother, and husband are all typical of the men in Alaska. They love to collect, shoot, and carry heat. Randy, my brother, was playing around with a 22 in our home when he was in high school. He was aiming it at the back door and he didn't know there was a bullet inside. The back door was connected to the family room. I was sitting in the family watching t.v. with my sisters and parents. We were all startled, and my parents were very angry with him. He put a hole through the screen door. I've been freaked out by guns ever since.

I am happy to say that I have long since overcome my fears of doctors, shots, and needles. I had to. No procedure really scares me much anymore.


Interesting topic!
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12-31-2011, 07:21 AM   #16
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I was a fearful child. I've had fears of vomiting, dying, family dying, hospital, needles, dentist, doctors, operations, bugs/insects, dogs, people. The list goes on.

Being ill so much meant I kind of had to get over my fear of needles, hospitals, vomiting, doctors etc.
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01-21-2012, 10:52 AM   #17
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I was a fearful child, I had to go to school with a tube up my nose and had to have my teachers keep an eye on me and help me with my meds that I had to take, because of this I was bullied quite a lot, so I didn't really enjoy my childhood.
01-22-2012, 12:34 PM   #18
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Scared of getting beat up at school. Scared of getting in trouble at home. Over protective mom who is also a Physician which makes it ten times worse. Also parents from old country with guts of steel who didn't understand proper food handling and storage times .
01-23-2012, 10:43 AM   #19
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I grew up in the 80's and remember hearing about the Nuclear Arms race on TV all the time. I was most certain the end of the world was near. My dad died when I was 4 so I also worried that something would happen and we would end up homeless or leaving out of our car. I look back now and wonder if this was a contributing factor.
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01-23-2012, 01:20 PM   #20
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Thanks for this thread. Learning to manage stress and worry has helped me to keep my crohns in remission. A book that has helped is Dale Carnegie's "How To Stop Worrying and Start Living". It's old book but the principles are timeless.
03-28-2012, 10:53 AM   #21
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I was a total tomboy, playful and happy, no fear at all.
that did change with puberty though.
03-28-2012, 11:07 AM   #22
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No, I was blessed with the most happiest of childhoods.
I was a tomboy, happy and fearless, a daredevil, the joker in the pack, or the thick one more like!
In fact, nowt's changed!
That's me to a "T" too, Joan. The tomboy, the class clown, etc. I smiled so much that if classmates saw me without one for 30 seconds, they would ask "what's wrong, Cheryl?". But inside, I had many fears, illogical as some could be. Fear of trains, thunderstomrs, etc.I finally by my 40's told my mom that for years I had a fear my stepdad would just drive me out in the country and leave me. Now he was a great stepdad, nothing he did to make me fear that. Maybe something I saw on the news, but it stuck with me, and he loved going for long car rides, etc.
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03-28-2012, 11:19 AM   #23
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The only thing I was fearful of was spiders (still am).

Also for a time I used to get scared of mum dying as she had crohns & at that time treatments were more hit & miss than they are now. I remember going to see her in hospital when she had a resection & had lost about 3 stones in weight. When I got there there was a hospital priest & a nun at the side of her bed praying for her whilst she was asleep. I thought she had died & it took a long time for that worry to go.
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03-28-2012, 08:41 PM   #24
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I grew up in a physically abusive household so yes there was constant fear of that and other stuff like the dark, spiders and for some reason had the fear of being raped or molested at an early age. I don't recall anything like that happening though.
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03-28-2012, 09:14 PM   #25
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I became fearful in elementary school. Always felt the world was falling out from under me, may have someting to so with moving 13 times in growing up. Many times not knowing until I came home from school and the moving van was there! Learned to love the school library- all schools have the same authors= friends!! I guess I am a "very" cautious person, some would same its the same as fear.....
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03-28-2012, 10:02 PM   #26
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I wasn't fearful, but I was a really anxious child. I worried way more about things than a kid should...I'm still bit of a worry wart
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03-29-2012, 10:01 AM   #27
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Me too, Niki. Am a worrier to the core.
03-29-2012, 10:36 AM   #28
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Which is not a good thing for us. Considering stress is a major trigger for Autoimmune disorders. For me it is anyway..
03-29-2012, 10:41 AM   #29
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It is me too. Usually within a month of a very stressful time I go thru, I will flare. I can count on it.
03-29-2012, 10:43 AM   #30
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I'm a big worry wart too.....even when I was a child.
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