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adults, sexually abused as infants
August 10, 2000
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What are the signs, symptoms, behaviors, issues etc. to look for in adults that have been sexually abused as infants?

August 11, 2000
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i'm studying at Putra University Malaysia.I want to know about this topics course it was about my assignment.

August 14, 2000
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I have found that a behaviour that someone might show is;
Obsession with cleanliness, tidiness and overall hygiene. For example, in order to make sense of their life they may feel the need to obsessively colour code their clothes pegs with their clothing. This is just an example of course, it doesn't mean that if you know someone that does that they have necessarily been abused as a child! Obsessive Compulsive behaviour helps to order a life that has been disturbed by abuse.

August 15, 2000
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From what I've learned in the past few years, from personal experience with being molested and raped as well as from studying psychology at UF, I've learned that there's really not a strict pattern of behaviors for those who have been molested.

Firstly, it depends on the sex of the child and the age at which they were molested. Molestation can definatley contribute to an existing psychopathology like obsessive-compulsive disorder (refer to blue eyes post above), but some children become severely depressed and aren't obsessive compulsive.

The most common problem is an inability to attain or maintain a healthy relationship in adulthood. Many find themselves in abusive or cold relationships repeatedly. A pattern indicates a real problem that must be addressed before healthy development can occur. Many find that they cannot themselves form an emotional connection becuase they lost trust in their first care-giver.

Childhood sexual abuse has also been correlated with schizophrenia and other schizo-affective disorders as well as anti-social personality disorder (ie Chalres Manson) and some other mood disorders like depression or Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

The best treatment method involves cognitive, behavioral and sometimes pharmacological intervention to slow down the body's constant low-level fear response and reduce excess neural serotonin and overreactive autonomic cortisol release with low-level stimulation.

August 17, 2000
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Cici reminded me of a documentary that I saw earlier this year on Schizophrenia or multiple personality disorder. It was a very interesting programme.
Anyhow, if a child were to be abused, the likelihood might be that they could develop another personality to deal with the abuse. Some people develop a new personality each time the abuse takes place, thereby ending up with 40/50 or more personalities, other people have just one other personality that deals with it. The idea thereby is that the original person doesn't have to DEAL with the abusive relationship.
The whole subject of whether the multiple personalities should be integrated back into one was quite an argument.

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