The True Story Of The Lost Childhood Analysis

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Sickened: The True Story of the Lost Childhood written by Julie Gregory. Published by Bantam Books in 2003. Julie Gregory was a victim of child abuse. She was about three years old when it all began. Her mother, Sandy Gregory was convinced that something was wrong with her daughter. So she began to take her to specialized doctors so they can find out what’s wrong with her. The doctors never found anything wrong with little Julie. The doctors never realized that the mother was trying to cause an illness for her daughter. Sure enough it was discovered that Sandy suffered from Munchausen by Proxy disease when Julie was older and listened to a lecture describing exactly what was happening in her life as a child. Munchausen by proxy disease(MPB) …show more content…
Her child abuse started when she was only 3 years old and continued. There are 4 main characters in her story. Julie Gregory, Sandy Gregory, Grandma Madge, and Dan Gregory. Julie grew up in the South of Ohio. She experienced child abuse and now an expert writer and spokesperson on Munchausen by Proxy disease and an advocate for MPB cases. She attended Sheffield University, England and graduated in psychiatry. Sandy Gregory, Julie’s mother is suffering from Munchausen by Proxy disease. She wants her daughter to have an illness to gain attention for trying to help her daughter. Grandma Madge is Julie’s Grandmother. She was a born-again christian and a devoted sunday school teacher. She wore a fishing cap with a smiley face to duplicate herself. Dan Gregory, Julie’s father who suffers from schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a disorder that affects a person's ability to think, feel, and behave clearly. He began to develop a paranoia for Julie which led her to be his reason for living. He often had suicidal thoughts but his daughter would help him relieve his suicidal …show more content…
Julie is not only a survivor but an advocate for others. There isn’t any reliable source for Munchausen by proxy cases because this disorder is not detected easily. Estimated there are 1000 out of 2.5 million cases recorded according to the Cleveland Clinic. In most cases the women are the most common to have this disease. MPB can affect anyone but mostly in mothers with children under the age of 6 and continues until the child depart from their parents. Doctors don’t detect MPB until the child comes back frequently when sent home and improved with medical care but worsen with the caretaker. When discovered the child will be removed from the abuser and the abuser will face criminal charges and face psychiatric counseling. There is really no treatment for this disease but to allow the caretakers to take counseling

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