Some Common Symptoms of Sexual Abuse

Cyber Support Group

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

Headaches                                        Depression

Panic attacks    …

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