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Doctor insights on: Do Frequent Nightmares Indicate Some Kind Of Repressed Child Molestation

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Is this child molestation to help a child change from wet swimsuit?

Is this child molestation to help a child change from wet swimsuit?

Depends: At face value, no that is not molestation. But if a child molester is using that as an excuse, inappropriate fondling could occur which would be molestation. Get more info and be very certain before you make that accusation. But don't hold back if you are sure, children can't defend themselves.

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Do you consider the patting on the back like in olympics a form of child molestation?

Depends: At face value, no that is not molestation. But if a child molester is using that as an excuse, inappropriate fondling could occur which would be molestation. Get more info and be very certain before you make that accusation. But don't hold back if you are sure, children can't defend themselves.

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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.

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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.

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I have been feeling really down. Horrible nightmares cant sleep. I was molested when i was younger. Everything i do it stays In my mind. What do i do?

 I have been feeling really down. Horrible nightmares cant sleep. I was molested when i was younger. Everything i do it stays In my mind. What do i do?

Seek Support: Please reach out to your good friends or family and seek their support and help. You should also speak to a psychologist. Just remember that being molested is not your fault. You have endured a lot and very many souls in your situation experience nightmares. There is a way out . Healing within is important so you can lead a normal life. find a group in your community that helps in these situation

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Extreme paranoia, auditory hallucinations. Molested as child by step father, abandoned by blood father, daughter recently raped. Drugs: More Adderall than prescribed, cannibus, Phenobarbital. She wants help, what type of places should I look into?

Extreme paranoia, auditory hallucinations. Molested as child by step father, abandoned by blood father, daughter recently raped. Drugs: More Adderall than prescribed, cannibus, Phenobarbital. She wants help, what type of places should I look into?

Inpatient care: It sounds like an intensive inpatient behavioral setting would be best. Horrible recent assault in context of a tragic family of origin with active psychotic symptoms. She needs a therapeutic setting where she is & feels safe & supported.

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I was molested as a child and i think i need help. What can I do?

I was molested as a child and i think i need help. What can I do?

The process : The process of recovery from sexual abuse is slow, but you can do it. Find a therapist who specializes in abuse. It will take time to trust anyone, but they will help you. The book the courage to heal can help too. When you are ready, a support group for survivors will help as well. Basically, you were hurt by the experiences, but your are not to blame and deserve to have a whole fulfilling life.

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I feel like i was molested as a child but i'm not sure. Could I have blocked out the memory?

I feel like i was molested as a child but i'm not sure. Could I have blocked out the memory?

Hard to say: There are people that have repressed memories , and there are some who acquire the idea there must be through reading or the suggestions of others. A skilled therapist may be able to help you sort this out.

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Is my loss of memories because of my history of having been child molested?

It could be related: Often when someone has been molested as a child they block out the memories of the abuse. They sometimes lose positive memories of childhood as well in the process. Psychotherpay can help process the molestation and in time recover the whole spectrum of memories.

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I think I was molested as a child by an adult. Whoe do I tell? Please help?

Police Report 1st: There is no time limit for reporting sexual abuse. Police will take a detailed written statement. Sexual assault is a crime against the state, thus the police will determine if there is enough evidence to press charges. You become a witness to the crime. It can sometimes take years before charges are laid & the case goes to court. Criminal charges must be proven "beyond reasonable doubt.".

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How to help a child that has been sexually molested?

See below: The child needs unconditional support from the family, and feel safe to discuss the event and feelings surrounding the event. Also, counseling needs to be obtained.

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What psychological effects are there for someone who was molested as a child?

What psychological effects are there for someone who was molested as a child?

No answer: Each situation is different and each person is different. There are many possible responses to this situation varying from no effect to an effect that will cause severe mental illness and/of dysfunction.

Dr. Mathew Chengot
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