Linda Melrose, Ph.D. Sexual Abuse – May 1991 – Angels by Grace Publication – July 1997
POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER
INTRUSIVE SYMPTOMS: Nightmares, Flashbacks, Obsessive thoughts, Intrusive thoughts.
AVOIDANCE SYMPTOMS: Dissociation, Avoidance of situations that remind survivor of the abuse, amnesia.
AUTONOMOMIC SYMPTOMS: Muscle tension, headaches, hyperactivity, bladder infections, vaginal infections, sore throats.
AFFECTIVE SYMPTOMS: Depression, rage, anxiety, numbness.
SELF DESTRUCTIVE SYMPTOMS: Drug or alcohol abuse, eating disorder, compulsive behaviors, self mutilation, suicide attempts.
SOME COMMON EFFECTS OF SEXUAL ABUSE : WAYS OF COPING
Lack of effect Flashbacks
Loss of time Suicide attempts
Panic attacks …
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