My Innocence Was Stolen with Tabitha Ferguson

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When I worked in the prison, I heard countless stories of trauma, abuse, neglect, abandonment, substance use, and more. Stories that most of society will never hear. 

One of my many intentions with the courageously.u podcast is to spread awareness on the fact that the majority of the prison population is nothing more than grown kids who went through some serious shit. 

One way I spread awareness is by sharing courageous stories from adults who were those kiddos. Thank 

As a kid, Tabitha was verbally, emotionally, sexually, and physically abused. She was bullied by her peers and was later pushed into the juvenile justice system due to her negative behaviors – behaviors that were a cry for help. 

By the age of ten, she had been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Parent-Child Relational Problems, Partner Relational Disorder, and a Developmental Disorder. Later she was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, Emotional Disturbance, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and ADHD. Over the years, Tabitha gained a laundry list of diagnoses with no one ever exploring the root of her symptoms – trauma. 

TABITHA FERGUSON

Tabitha Ferguson graduated from Tarleton State University with a business degree and is currently working on her master's in developmental psychology, specializing in child and adolescent development. She is passionate in her work as an advocate for at-risk youth and their families. She recently published her first book, My Innocence Was Stolen, to raise awareness and help others find their way back from tragedy.

TODAY, WE'RE CHATTING ABOUT…

  • The adversity Tabitha faced as a child
  • How Tabitha's trauma was medicated and labeled
  • What inspired Tabitha to share her courageous story 
  • The importance of schools using trauma-informed practices 
  • Tabitha’s thoughts on mental health medication 
  • Why not all doctors are omniscient when it comes to mental health
  • What an ACE score is and Tabitha’s score
  • The importance of getting to the root of kiddos symptoms
  • My thoughts on how Glennon Doyle discusses mental health medication in her book Untamed 
  • Tabitha's history of substance use, suicide attempts, and what she wishes she could tell her younger self
  • What life looks like now for Tabitha

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MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE…

Pleasantville clip – Fire (Cat)

What Happened to You? By Dr. Bruce Perry and Oprah

Dr. Gabor Mate – The Wisdom of Trauma

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