Some stressful experiences — such as chronic childhood abuse — are so overwhelming and traumatic, the memories hide like a shadow in the brain.

At first, hidden memories that can’t be consciously accessed may protect the individual from the emotional pain of recalling the event. But eventually those suppressed memories can cause debilitating psychological problems, such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder or dissociative disorders.

A process known as state-dependent learning is believed to contribute to the formation of memories that are inaccessible to normal consciousness. Thus, memories formed in a particular mood, arousal or drug-induced state can best be retrieved when the brain is back in that state. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a survivor of child abuse.

Journaling Prompt: What memories would you like to suppress?

Art Prompt: Child abuse

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about child abuse and how the survivors deal with their memories.

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