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Treatment focus: Sex therapy generally focuses on improving one's ability to enjoy sex. In some cases of rape and sexual abuse, much work needs to be done before even approaching this area because it is so sensitive. As my colleagues have mentioned, rape and sexual abuse are severe traumas and need specialized care that understands & deals with the whole person -- not just his or her sexual functioning. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes it can: Sadly, sexual abuse during childhood can impact on not only sexual drive but also on the person's ability to develop and have healthy adult relationships. Psychotherapy and support groups can help overcome the negative impact of childhood sexual abuse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sexual assault help: That is totally an understandable response, and goes along with the fact that you had a bad trauma. That kind of trauma will result in you avoiding sexual relations, and possibly people as well. The best way to handle this anxiety and repair the damage is to consult with a mental health professional who can help you get through the trauma, and teach you skills to manage anxiety and fear. ...Read more
Varies Widely: Survivors of trauma, incl. Sexual abuse, behave in all sorts of ways. Whether or not their behavior reflects their trauma depends on how they coped with it - incl. The stories they told themselves about it, stories they may have told others about it, etc. These stories capture how they made sense of the trauma & the meaning they gave it. How they coped likely also reflected the support they had. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What sort of mental illnesses can come from child neglect physical/emotional/ verbal/ sexual abuse?
PTSD: Any type of childhood abuse can cause symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. This can affect different people in several different ways- including attachment disorders, addictions, high-risk behaviors, anxiety, depression, and many others. Find a good therapist who specializes in ptsd to help deal with some of these issues. ...Read more
Depends on the abuse: I have worked w/ 1000's of individuals who were abused as children. The range of outcomes is very diverse, depending on the type of abuse, the number of abusers, the severity of abuse (painfulness, intrusiveness, whether done under threats), innate resourcefulness of the victim, social support network, etc. Some children were so overwhelmed by the abuse they developed multiple personality dx. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sex addiction?: This is a "pop" concept, not a standard-of-care psychiatric diagnosis -- from a movement with an agenda. The goal of monogamy is laudable; the additional goal of not enjoying one's own body or own thoughts at all seems unrealistic and sure to fail. Your real question is, "can this relationship be monogamous?" this is far deeper than any "pop" diagnosis. Get good advice and perhaps sane therapy. ...Read more
Are sexually suppressed children more prone to develop abnormal sexual behavior (sex addiction, asexual etc)?
Maybe: It depends on what you mean by sexually suppressed. If you mean children raised in conservative homes that discourage early sexual experiences but don't teach that sex is bad, probably not. If you mean children raised in homes that have negative or punitive views of sex, probably yes. ...Read more
Eval: Get a full psychiatric evaluation to determine what bothers you, and consider medication to take the edge off them symptoms. Next, get a referral to a reputable psychotherapist to discuss what your current emotional state and life experiences men to YOU, including sexual and emotional abuse. Meds and therapy together are the most optimal approach, for the most part. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hormonal control: Men are generally programmed to respond to more visual aspects of attraction and appearance. Porn offers a very graphic representation of sexual behaviors which falls into that visual aspect. Women tend to be more responsive to touch and the written word as demonstrated by the amazing sales of the book '50 shades of grey'. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Sexual assault could cause someone to commit suicide but please know that a victim of sexual assault is a victim!. A victim should never feel like they need to punish themselves especially in the most severe way as suicide. Help is avaiable. The attacker should be punished, not the victim. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Why do you ask?: There's a school of 'pop' mental health treatment that assumes that abnormal adult behavior was caused by sexual abuse, usually 'forgotten.' It is more productive to talk about whatever problems one's feelings may be causing one, how to deal with feelings that are not appropriate to act upon, and how one might find true romantic love. Exploring the past, whatever happened, may be helpful. ...Read more
HIV: This may vary from state to state, but there have been criminal and civil cases in which the failure to notify has been evidence of a variety of criminal accusations, and the civil liabilities have resulted in very significant monetary rewards to the injured party. Morally it seems only natural to let people with whom you plan to be intimate know what their risks are. Wouldn't you want to know? ...Read more
Male HPV. 3 female partners. Stances on contacting these former partners? Vaginal AND oral-only partners? Trust they are already getting proper care?
Probably no need: There is no need to inform them. Since 90% of all people get HPV, and at any time 30-50% of sexually active persons are infected, your partners are at no higher risk because you have been diagnosed. If any of your partners is quite recent (in the past 6 months) and if you have genital warts, tell them so they can be on the lookout for warts. Otherwise don't worry about it. ...Read more
Could lead to danger: Heroin users are at risk for contracting hiv, hepatitis c & other infectious diseases, through sharing/reuse of syringes and injection paraphernalia used by infected individuals -- or through unprotected sex with an infected person. These diseases are transmitted via infected blood. Blood in the mouth, could possibly transmit the virus. Kissing could lead to unprotected sex, risking hiv. ...Read more