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Abandoned child syndrome is the behavioural or psychological attributes that a child develops as a result of one or both parents disappearing from their lives. It is very similar in nature to posttraumatic stress disorder, and symptoms include:
- Alienation from their environment
- Extreme changes in state of mind and depression
- Fear and uncertainty
- Sleep and eating disorders
- Physical ailments, such as fatigue
Children tend to relieve the shocking event by way of games or play because the role of imagination is much greater for young people. Typically, abandoned children become increasingly quiet or aggressive, out of control, or hard to handle.
Many children suffering from abandoned child syndrome have left home of their own accord, or were forced out of their homes because the rejection, neglect, or abuse was so great.
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