It's only taken me 40 years to realise I have abandonment issues!
I have had a sudden revelation and it's only taken me 40 years to realise I have abandonment issues. At the age of 8 my parents were advised to send me to a childrens hospital to get my asthma under control. I was taken out of school and was in hospital for 6 months. It was like I would imagine borstal to be - some children had behavioural problems, bed wetting, anorexics, physically and mentally disabled etc all in one large ward.
I had trouble fitting back into school when I returned and found myself isolated. This isolation has stuck with me throughout life.
I have been married for 19 years and managed to chose myself a partner who also has abandonment issues - not physically but mentally. He is very angry that his father never had time for him.
This all makes for a crap marriage, we have a 13 year old son whom I don't want to have the same problems, hence I feel unable to divorce.
I guess now I'm aware of the issues I will have to seek help to address them!