Childhood trauma is something we tend to block out or avoid thinking about. It’s traumatic for a reason and most of us don’t want that negative energy in our lives! Having said that, there is definitely something cathartic about sharing your horrifying experiences with others, and, in fact, dredging up the past can often lead to you actually feeling better in the long run.
So this is what these people with real, disturbing stories did. In an attempt to feel that relief, these internet users told us some seriously messed up stuff they went through and if anything, it’s reminding us we are not alone and we’ve all been through something bad.
Her mother just switched
“I was annoying my mother when I was around seven, kept pestering her for something which I can’t remember now, probably something stupid. Then her demeanour changed. Her expression was of a different person, and she became very still.
“I asked her what was wrong, and she replied ‘You have ten seconds to run. You’ve made me very, very angry.’ Of course… I was like, ‘Mummy, what?’ and at first she started counting down… very slowly, then she whispered, ‘Run…’ That’s when I started pegging it up the stairs, crying my lungs out, and she started running after me…
“I managed to run into the toilet and lock it, while she was banging and screaming outside of the door. I have never been more frightened in my life. I stayed locked inside there for what felt like hours until my dad came back home from work and softly told me to come out and comforted me.” – angelarosewood
Her teacher’s threat stuck with her
“I grew up in a small town, and when I was around 4 and went to a private kindergarten/nursery run by a single teacher. I never really liked going to the school, physical punishment was legal and she used to get mad a lot… Anyway, she caught me talking during class one day and she grabbed my thumb and physically threatened to break it (motioning to break it with her hands but not putting pressure on it) while my classmates looked on with shock. I obviously burst into tears out of fear. I don’t think I ever told my parents.” – bitchywhenhungry
This girl nearly got kidnapped
“I was about 10-years-old and living with my mom in a sh*tty low-income motel-turned-apartment. Lots of unsavoury types to begin with. One night, this dude shows up and starts trying to physically force his way into the house, literally screaming his intent to kidnap me. Something along the lines of, ‘Is there a little girl here who needs a ride home?’
“My mom struggled to force the door closed and screamed at me to lock myself in the bedroom. Thank f*ck she managed to get the deadbolt locked and called the landlord. Dude took off, though, no police involved.” – whiten0iz
The babysitter taped children’s mouths shut
“I used to be babysat often by my mother’s friend who had multiple children (I was an only child at the time). The two of [her] kids kept fighting and jumping around so my mother’s friend got duct tape and taped their mouths and hands and made them sit on the floor for a couple hours. [My mother and the babysitter] aren’t friends anymore, not for that reason though.”
This kid saw ghosts and still doesn’t know the truth
“When I was around 5, I would sit up in bed at night and literally watch ghost people walk around my house. They were SO incredibly realistic and seemed to be going about daily life. Sometimes they would row boats past my bedroom, other times they would run into my room and crash over my bed. It sounds extremely disturbing looking back on it, but at the time it seemed pretty normal. I have no experience with schizophrenia, this only happened maybe 4 or 5 times. Also, I don’t really believe in the paranormal … I’ve never had any ‘ghost like’ experiences, other than this.” – screamingme
No one believed what her friend’s mom did to her
“My friend’s mom held me underwater in one of those shin-deep blow-up pools. I was probably 6 at the time. Things started to go fuzzy right before she lifted me out of the water. She and I were the only ones there, nobody would believe me if I told them.” – Astryn
The man who disappeared without a trace
“I woke up and there was a man standing at the end of my bed looking at the bookshelf against the wall. I sat straight up and stared at him, and he slowly turned to look at me… leaning forward and scowling with the most evil scowl I’ve ever seen. I realized this was definitely not my dad, because my dad wasn’t that pale, and he didn’t walk around with a soft glow. And he didn’t have eyes that were bright orange circles and looked like hot coal. The man stared at me for what felt like forever, just scowling at me with that awful expression and those burning, fiery eyes and then poof, vanished.” – BurberryCustardbath
Lost in the woods and no one would help
“The most disturbing experience in my childhood would be the time I and my brother went on a hike in the mountains. Only for it to start raining hard that flooded the trails. Walking lost in the woods with pouring rain and mud in the dark, just a horrible experience. We found the road where so many cars passed on by and none were willing to help two lost children. Seeing how we were ignored by many just depressed us. Thank goodness we found a home up a mile up the road, where this elderly couple helped call our parents to pick us up. But the fact that many had no care for us made us know that everyone has their own priorities.” – smooth_playah