Doctor: They need to understand this is going to be a life long process
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -
Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight are now widely known names. Like Jaycee Dugard and Elizabeth Smart, they're innocent faces in an infamous club they never asked to be in. One of a growing number of abducted kids.
Dr. Lolita McDavid says the first step to their recover is getting rid of any guilt, "They need to know they are survivors, they do have strengths. What happens is people start to think it's something I did, what did I do wrong? What didn't I do?"
In many ways, it's like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for armed forces back from war.
"Family has to be involved in any therapy because family thinks the 15-year-old who walked out that morning is going to be the person who walks back in and that is not going to be the case."
Dr. McDavid adds, "Each different story and how they deal with it each will be very different."
"I think they need to be sheltered may even need to be with each other because that's who they've been living with and who they feel comfortable around."
As far as the healing process, Dr. McDavid says, "They need to understand this is going to be a life long process, (they're) not going to be ok in a year, or in 5 years."