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New member
Oct 8, 2019
I’m 22 and was “diagnosed” with generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and depression at 18. I grew up without my mother and as an only child in a slightly broken home I found myself living life in my own imagination. After turning 21 I found myself growing into a “normal” person without the need of medication and have made personal decisions that believe will help me improve my mental health. However, I have noticed in this pass year that I get the sudden need to release a maternal side of me that I never believed I’d have. I bought a stuffed bunny that I find myself hugging at night as if I’m protecting him and expressing a love I never felt or expressed. I’m saying away from relationships due to the fact I do not do well in one. Is it normal to express something you were never given as a child at random? Am I the only one who feels the need to express something I always avoided expressing before in any other form?


Well-known member
Jul 8, 2019
yes that is perfectly normal Jacky
cuddle all the stuffed bunnys you like !
I have done that at times, and pillows

one day you might go on to have a pet

I'm sorry to hear about your childhood
must be hard being the only child
and now you are doing exactly the right thing
nurturing the child inside you by yourself
in a safe place

I look forward to hearing more

:hug5: 🌠