Poor me syndrome. What exactly is it?

What is a clinical definition of the "Poor Me" syndrome?

Can someone give me an example of how it can relate to a compulsive gambler?

Honesty, Wednesday March 02, 2005
09:32 PM EST


I am not sure what the clinical definition is, but it is to do with childhood trauma/s, either with parent/s or with guardians, or without. From what I understand, it stems from, the imbalance of power and where the child is getting some sort of abuse from the all-powerful parent/s or guardian/s. The child is, and feels, completely helpless. Help and assistance they require is not forthcoming. One danger when they get into therapy, is getting addicted to the therapy (help) itself. When therapy is ended, they can get ‘withdrawal’ symptoms from the lack of therapy (help).

They grow up with a ‘poor me’ attitude, look at ‘poor me’ look what happened to me.

How this ‘may’ relate to compulsive gambling is; as any other mental imbalance or disorder, as a ‘compensator’ or ‘an escape mechanism’ or ‘a replacement’ or ‘to fit in with the ‘poor me’ self-image’.



It's the "Why does everything bad happen to me?" view. Bad things happen to good people. It's part of life. But in the end, it's not what happens to us but what we do with what happens to us.

"Poor me. I've lost so much time and money." Well, we need to do something about it.

I know everyone here is a good person and emotionally strong.