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Can someone who was a victim of sexual abuse as a child recover and be normal?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Yes!: Early intervention with psychological help is very important. Long-term harm can occur if issues are not address and verbalized by the victim, who in some ways may even feel responsible.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Yes, yes, yes. I have patients with histories like this, who do recover and live very fulfilling lives. Some may not get help until adulthood, so I agree with Dr. Namey about the usefulness of intervening much earlier if possible.
Jul 21, 2012
Dr. Aaron Ament
Psychiatry 58 years experience
YES: Surely a good reason for psychotherapy. I have seen good results. Get help to work it out.

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