The Effects and Psychopathologies in Individuals with a History of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Childhood sexual abuse often creates many new problems for the individual after the initial unpleasantness of the abuse experience. Though childhood sexual abuse does not severely damage everyone who has had this experience, a significant number of individuals experience short and long-term difficulties resulting from the initial abuse. Childhood sexual abuse can affect the brain in subtle and dramatic ways altering brain structure volumes and causing the brain to function improperly. Depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and other anxiety issues are common problems resulting from childhood sexual abuse. But, many other issues can arise causing complications and a disabling effect on an individual‘s life. This paper will discuss and examine many of the commonly known and not so well known issues that can be the result of childhood sexual abuse.

Kip LeMay
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