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Will child abuse in a 8yo cause them to be shy and withdrawn?

Will child abuse in a 8yo cause them to be shy and withdrawn?

Not always: Reaction to abuse can be quite varied. Some children come to see abuse as normal, so they may seek out abusive relationships. They feel numb and try to get some feeling back by taking risks or becoming the"life of the party" or class clown. ...Read more

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Child Abuse (Definition)

Child abuse is the physical, sexual, emotional mistreatment, or neglect of children. It is a ...Read more


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Can autism develop as a result of child abuse at a very early age?

Can autism develop as a result of child abuse at a very early age?

No: Autism is not caused by child abuse, whatever the age--although abuse can certainly lead to lots of other problems, including mental retardation if it includes head trauma. Some abused children do become socially withdrawn, but this is quite different from the social disconnection associated with autism. ...Read more

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Could bipolar cause any forms of child abuse?

Could bipolar cause any forms of child abuse?

Bipolar Disorder: Does not cause child abuse. But, when someone is severely depressed or manic they may neglect children's needs or lack impulse control or feel more aggressive. So it could be a contributing factor. ...Read more

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Can anything besides child abuse cause ptsd in a youngster?

Can anything besides child abuse cause ptsd in a youngster?

Yes: Just about anything "horrible" can do it. (car accidents, fires, you name it). But, at the same time, who gets, and who does not get, ptsd, is a very very difficult thing to predict. It really depends on the kid. ...Read more

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Does child abuse ever cause the development of schizophrenia in a teenager?

No, but: There are no studies that associate the development of schizophrenia to early child abuse. While the causes of schizophrenia are unclear, some evidence supports a genetic link, a link to chronic and early marijuana use, and effects from a fetus being exposed to certain viruses. However, childhood abuse can lead to symptoms that may look like schizophrenia, including hallucinations. ...Read more

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Can a history of being on the bad end of child abuse cause an avoidant personality disorder?

Can a history of being on the bad end of child abuse cause an avoidant personality disorder?

Avoidant: Personality disorder is a pervasive lifelong pattern of feelings of inadequacy, sensitivity to rejection, etc.. It’s highly doubtful that APD or other personality disorders, would be a result of childhood trauma. Trauma can make one susceptible to mood and anxiety disorders, most commonly. Regardless, seeing a therapist and a psychiatrist is the best recommendation given your history. ...Read more

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Could optic neuritis be caused by child abuse?

Could optic neuritis be caused by child abuse?

Probably not: Child abuse, especially the shaken baby syndrome, causes significant damage in the eye, . Mostly retinal disruption with bleeding and loss of vision. The optic nerve is in a well protected canal and would only be damaged in these circumstances if the trauma were so great that the bones around the nerve were fractured although this would not be called optic neuritis, but just traumatic damage. ...Read more

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What causes a person to commit child abuse/molestation? My moms father&brother sexually abused younger now suffers from schizophrenia/bipolar.

What causes a person to commit child abuse/molestation? My moms father&brother sexually abused younger now suffers from schizophrenia/bipolar.

Many things: Such a painful situation here. Many people who abuse or molest children were themselves abused . . . . Thus perpetuating a generational crime against younger (and less powerful) kids in the family. The key is to shift the victim to survivor through timely treatment, as was probably not done for the perpetrator. Sometimes when the child "tells, " she or he is not believed, either. Tragic. ...Read more

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What can be done for child abuse?

Report it: If it happened once it will probably happen again report it! ...Read more

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What are the effects of child abuse?

What are the effects of child abuse?

Serious and Numerous: This is a big topic. There can be both short term and long term effects from childhood abuse and neglect. The consequences of being abused as a child can be mild or severe with problems in the areas of depression, anxiety, suicidality, substance abuse and criminality-but those aren't all. Some great information is at the website for child welfare information gateway. http://www.childwelfare.gov/. ...Read more

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Is being "emo" a sign of child abuse?

Not necessarily: It is a bit of a "red flag" to have a child to adopts an odd posture like emo, or punk, or goth, or something counter culture. However there are always other things that can lead a child there. Some are just drawn there, others gain acceptance by friends. Some children are outcasts for personality or sexual reasons. Childhood traumas can lead to odd personality quirks, but other things do too. ...Read more

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What problems can come from child abuse?

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Mental Illness: Those who have suffered abuse as children are at higher risk for depression and anxiety later in life. They may develop other disorders as well including ptsd, dissociative identity disorder, or borderline personality disorder. If you know of anyone who has suffered child abuse, please help to find the right psychiatrist who can work with them. ...Read more

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What is the medical model of child abuse?

What is the medical model of child abuse?

Combination things: Likelihood of abuse with three elements:child with provocative behavior;parent with psychological predisposition;stressful event triggering violent reaction. Social&cultural, in addition to psychological and familial, factors have been described,dispelling the widely accepted myth that child abuse results solely from individual deviant behavior.Series of stresses that impinge on parents & children ...Read more

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Are attachment problems a sign of child abuse?

Often not: Although child abuse certainly can lead to attachment problems, most children with attachment issues were not abused. Most commonly, it results from a mismatch of child needs and parenting style. Other contributing factors can be adoption or parent illness or death when children are very young. ...Read more

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What are the is the medical model of child abuse?

What are the is the medical model of child abuse?

Combination things: Likelihood of abuse with three elements:child with provocative behavior;parent with psychological predisposition;stressful event triggering violent reaction. Social&cultural, in addition to psychological and familial, factors have been described,dispelling the widely accepted myth that child abuse results solely from individual deviant behavior.Series of stresses that impinge on parents & ...Read more

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What are the signs of past child abuse in adults?

What are the signs of past child abuse in adults?

Several: People who have been abused as children may have a range of problems including same, interest in unusual forms of sexuality, and post-traumatic states (hypervigilance, flashbacks, etc.) having these symptoms does not necessarily mean the person was sexually abused, however. ...Read more

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I was wondering how i could heal from child abuse?

Childhood abuse: Many individuals who experienced abuse as a child, carry the emotional effects of the abuse throughout adulthood. You should consider joining a survivors group, consulting a psychiatrist or psychologist. ...Read more

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How child abuse and neglect effects adults behavior?

How child abuse and neglect effects adults behavior?

Variable effects: There are many possible outcomes from child abuse & neglect. The most tragic is when the same things are perpetrated upon children. It can cause severe anxiety, depression, flashbacks, dissociation, trouble with trust & boundaries, drug & alcohol abuse, & suicide attempts. It can also lead to perfectionism and high achievement. With treatment, the person can heal and enjoy a fulfilling life. ...Read more

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What are the long-term health affects of child abuse?

What are the long-term health affects of child abuse?

Child abuse: Barring any physical injuries, that may have caused permanent disability, most damage is psychological. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, being the most common. See your primary doctor, for a referral to a therapist, for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more