Long Term Effects Of Child Sexual Abuse

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Long-term effects of child sexual abuse
Child Abuse can be a fundamental reason of causing issues for children and young people in physically and mentally. The primitive damage caused by child sexual abuse effect on the child’s developing capacities for trust, intimacy, agency and sexuality so that child sexual abuse is considered as a trigger of mental health problems and increase the risk of major depressive disorder in early adulthood or throughout their lifetime. There is a fact that those who have experience in childhood sexual abuse were at higher risk for a range of psychiatric disorders in adulthood than those not reporting such abuse according to the research in US. Disorders included attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder,
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Also, adult survivors of child sexual abuse may have some of the concerns that are specific to their experience which is guilt, self-esteem, Intimacy and relationships
1. Guilt, shame and blame: Survivors might feel guilty about not having been able to stop the abuse, or even blame themselves if they experienced physical pleasure.
2. Self-esteem: A number of studies show that child sexual assault is lowering self-esteem in adults. Low self-esteem can affect many different areas of your life such as your relationships, your career , and even your health
3. Intimacy and relationships: first experience with sex came as a result of sexual abuse for sexually abused children so that some survivors experience flashbacks or painful memories while engaging in sexual activity. Also, they may struggle to set boundaries that help them feel safe in relationships. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Continuous mental health problems are a common factor of child abuse in adults. Mental health problems related to past history of child assaults and it generally includes Post-traumatic disorder, personality disorders, dissociative disorders, depression, anxiety disorders and psychosis. I will explain post-traumatic stress disorder here as it is the most common case after experienced child sexual abuse.
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