A Look At Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

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Introduction: In this paper we will take a look at posttraumatic stress disorder (from here on referred to as PTSD) in adults, aged 18 years and older, who have been victimized by sexual abuse as a child. In every case of childhood sexual abuse there are always lingering effects from the trauma. While some victims have a positive network and receive the help needed to cope with traumatic events such as this, others are left to suffer in silence, which in turn causes a variety of long term crisis’s. One such issue that may arise in the area of psychiatric health is posttraumatic stress disorder. PTSD is a mental health condition triggered by a terrifying event, generally coincides with two emotions, guilt and shame, expressed by the victim. It is believed that the victim repeats the horrifying events over and over sustaining PTSD by way of devastating guilt and overwhelming shame. Guilt is defined as feeling blameworthy because of the offense committed (Burgo, 2013). Shame is the emotion in which guilt, humiliation or unworthiness causes immense pain in the afterthought of a traumatic event (Burgo, 2013). When subjected to sexual abuse as a child, the child may feel guilty for the abuse as they are made to believe that they are to blame for the abuse. In time guilt may turn to shame and the victim may feel to humiliated and broken to confront these past traumas because society may judge them for the abuse rather than blame the abuser (Bratton, 2010). One…
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