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Would being a victim of child molestation hinder my sex life and thoughts as an adult?

Would being a victim of child molestation hinder my sex life and thoughts as an adult?

Yes!: While adverse childhood experiences can have negative affects later in life, getting treatment, especially talk therapy, can improve quality of life dramatically. Many patients who have had the courage to explore negative childhood experiences with a trusted and experienced psychologist or psychotherapist definitely report improvement in many areas of their life. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more


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What's the medical definition of child molestation?

What's the medical definition of child molestation?

Child molestation: It is against the law for an adult to touch any portion of a child's body with a "lewd and lascivious" intent. Child molestation is a crime involving a range of indecent or sexual activities between an adult and a child (usually under 14 yrs old). Consent is not a matter of consideration in this matter since children cannot legally consent to anything. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of adults that are affected by child molestation?

What are the symptoms of adults that are affected by child molestation?

Many: Adults who were sexually molested as children can have many responses. They can experience anxiety, depression, flashbacks, nightmares, hypervigilance, self-injury/suicide attempts, and pain syndromes. Some isolate themselves. They may do fine at work, but have few or no intimate relationships. Substance abuse may be the path of others. With a good therapist, treatment can be lifesaving. ...Read more

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Does the offender have to be an adult for it to be considered child molestation?

Does the offender have to be an adult for it to be considered child molestation?

State laws vary: You need to find out the statutes in your specific state in order to know the answer to this question. ...Read more

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Do frequent nightmares indicate some kind of repressed child molestation?

Do frequent nightmares indicate some kind of repressed child molestation?

NO: No, nightmares, even very frequent ones, when taken alone are not specific at all for previous abuse. What that means is that while some people who are abused might get nightmares, most people who have frequent nightmares are not abused. Therefore, frequent nightmares cannot be taken to be a good indicator for previous abuse experience. ...Read more

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I don't know how to handle feelings about child molestation now that my daughter is almost 10. What should I do?

I don't know how to handle feelings about child molestation now that my daughter is almost 10. What should I do?

Therapy should help: It is not unusual for feelings about early experiences of being molested will surface when one's children approach the age where this act happened to you. It is never too late to get therapy to deal with these feelings.This may also help you in your interactions with your daughter. ...Read more

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Repressed memories and child molestation. How can I overcome this?

Repressed memories and child molestation. How can I overcome this?

Highly controversial: Recovered memories is a highly controversial area. There is no one answer, except seek help from a skilled professional who will work with you first about what your current problems are and then consider with you whether they relate to early childhood events. In this instance, i would suggest an academic psychiatry program if you can find one near to you. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between child molestation and child sexual abuse?

Is there a difference between child molestation and child sexual abuse?

Semantics: Each of these diagnoses and terms could mean a host of things. They might overlap and they might not depending upon what one means when they use the term. In essence, they mean the same thing however - abuse of a child involving inappropriate sexual contact. Semantics or splitting hairs. ...Read more

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How can child molestation affect me as an adult?

How can child molestation affect me as an adult?

Many ways: You can have guilt, depression, anxiety, self destructive behaviors or problems with sex. You can have unrealistic ideas about sex and even become a child molester yourself. It might be best to see a counselor to discuss the events and any unhealthy emotions that you might be experiencing. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of child molestation?

What are the most common symptoms of child molestation?

Many: Child molestation is a serious problem that can present in children in any number of ways. If you have concerns that your child has been the victim of sexual abuse please seek care immediately. There are child abuse specialists who are experts in determining whether or not abuse has taken place. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

Autism spectrum disorder, also called pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), is a type of condition that includes life-long impairment in the ability to communicate and to have normal social interactions. These include ...Read more


Child Molestation (Definition)

Child molestation is a term for the sexual abuse of children, which can cause future depression and anxiety ...Read more