Hello, I'm new here. I was given this site by the "Ranch For Children' in Montana. I am raising my nine year old grandson who for five of his nine years was abused by his father.This has left "David"( not his real name) with PTSD, Anxiety disorders, ADHD, and attachment problems. He went from a normal four years old boy( when the father first took him) to the mental age of 2 just after one year, and never progressed past that point until we got him back, last year at this time. Since the one year I have had him he has progressed to the mental age of 7 but still I'm told he is considered to be mildly retarded I'm not sure if "David" suffered brain damage during the abuse or if it's the trauma itself. I guess at this point it really doesn't matter.They have even stated that "David " may have ashburgers. I"m sure I'm not spelling that right. Nobody really knows what has caused his inabilitiy to learn or why he has short term memory loss. Our biggest COPING problem at this point is the attachment problem. And honestly I don't even know how to start to tell you the level in which he has. BECAUSE there is no support groups, foundations or professionals anywhere I know of around here. Most people when reading such a story tends to not want to approach me, because maybe they feel they can't give appropriate advise,or maybe they just are scared to talk about such an issue. I don't know.. Well I am here to ask you to not shy away from me, ANY advise can be helpful at this point. The damage was aready done before I posted on this site.
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