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We as adults often hide our emotional pain in one or more ways — by wearing a “mask” to let the world think all is well, when in reality, nothing could be further from the truth; or by participating in aggressive and destructive behavior such as alcohol and drug abuse.

It is easier to hide emotional turmoil from another adult, because he or she will usually have their own issues to deal with, so not much attention is being paid to yours. Unfortunately, the real causalities of self inflicted wars are our children.

Unfortunately, the “Bobbi Kristinas” of the world have been forced to witness the slow suicide of people closest to them — individuals who are admired, respected and idolized but have not named their pain yet have found ways to silence it.

The lives of millions of children are negatively impacted by parents who are in emotional distress, and who turn to various substances to numb their pain. The 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that 8.3 million children live with at least one parent or parents who abused or was dependent on alcohol or an illicit drug during the past year.

Bobbi Kristina Brown (daughter of the late, great and legendary singer Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown) has already inherited a great deal of unresolved emotional baggage from her parents, as we all do. A great portion of the foundation for a legacy of pain has been laid for her.

Read more at thegrio.com

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