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Is there a psychiatric disorder that makes a woman claim to have suffered child abuse?

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Many: Not sure if you are asking if child abuse can/will lead to psychiatric difficulties. Yes. If you are asking can a person claim child abuse. Yes, but why?

Answered 10/3/2016

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False memories?: This is a recognized illness caused by unscientific practitioners who told troubled women that any troublesome emotions are due to forgotten child sexual abuse, and encouraged the development of fantasies which at one time courts might accept as true, with huge harm. If anyone recalls abuse before seeking treatment, it's likely real & treatment will help overcome the old patterns.

Answered 9/10/2012

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Dr. Pamela Pappas answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

25% of women: In some surveys of normal population, 25% of women have suffered child sexual abuse. Emotional and physical abuse would be higher. In psychiatric populations this 25% is much higher also. Psychiatric sequelae of such experiences include pstd, depression, other anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and various personality disorders as well. Such histories may accompany chronic pain disorders too.

Answered 4/16/2016

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