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Doctor insights on: Signs Of Sexual Abuse In A Four Year Old Child

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Should I be concerned about a child who has suffered sexual abuse asking to use the restroom very frequently (4yrs old)?

Should I be concerned about a child who has suffered sexual abuse asking to use the restroom very frequently (4yrs old)?

Yes: Any child with new onset voiding dysfunction or incontinence or any adult with lonstanding voiding dysfunction should be counseled about a history and nature of sexual abuse. Also, a physical exam is indicated. In children especially, problematic voiding habits can predispose to more serious sequelae as they grow into adults. Early diagnosis and treatment is crucial.

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If a 7 alomst 8 year old boy touches a 4 almost 5 year old boys penis is it sexual abuse or normal kid stuff? Is the 7 old enough to know better?

If a 7 alomst 8 year old boy touches a 4 almost 5 year old boys penis is it sexual abuse or normal kid stuff? Is the 7 old enough to know better?

I call abusive: Such interaction between age equivalent kids is "exploration" & I can accept as much as 2 years age difference into that idea. Beyond that and specifically for the 7-8 yo who is old enough to know right from wrong on these issues it is abuse & often reveals a past abuse of the older kid. Size & intimidation is also an issue when the 60 lb 7-8 yo is doing this with a 40+lb 4-5 yo.

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Can a severe panic attack cause fainting and self-urination in a 15 year old female with a history of sexual abuse?

Can a severe panic attack cause fainting and self-urination in a 15 year old female with a history of sexual abuse?

Not usually: The loss of urinary control is worrisome here -- it could be a seizure. This young lady needs a neurology consultation to check on this possibility. They will also want to do additional studies as well. Some people with this history can develop psychogenic seizures, but these don't usually include self-urination. I hope she's also getting treatment for her panic attacks and other issues.

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Would a pelvic exam show signs of sexual abuse that happened years ago?

Would a pelvic exam show signs of sexual abuse that happened years ago?

Most often=no: Sexual abuse comes in many forms with the more common perpetrator leaving little if any evidence behind. This differs from aggressive sexual assault, where there may be ripping of tissues that require surgical repair/ leave scars.

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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.

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Reverse pedophile is not always from sexual abuse as a child. This is a personal fact. What is it called if it is just a natural attraction.?

Reverse pedophile is not always from sexual abuse as a child. This is a personal fact. What is it called if it is just a natural attraction.?

It depends: It depends on how young the person is -- if not yet adult, sexual relations with an adult (especially much older) would be seen legally as statutory rape. If the person is of legal adult age and attracted to older partners, that could be natural variation. However, age spread greater than 10 years may lead to lifestyle challenges as the older person ages sooner than the younger one does.

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If someone has cervical cancer as a child would you suspect sexual abuse?

If someone has cervical cancer as a child would you suspect sexual abuse?

Hard not to, but: The incidence of CC in a child is very, very unusual. It takes 10-20 yrs to develop. Only 1% of cases are seen before age 20. But, it's not impossible. The contact might be prenatal)mother to child) or non-sexual hand contact w/ genital area, but it wouls raise the? Of abuse in most people. It's very rare - ask Dr!

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Can someone who was a victim of sexual abuse as a child recover and be normal?

Can someone who was a victim of sexual abuse as a child recover and be normal?

Yes!: Early intervention with psychological help is very important. Long-term harm can occur if issues are not address and verbalized by the victim, who in some ways may even feel responsible.

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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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Where can I look for therapists who specialize in male child sexual abuse?

Start with national: You don't say if this is for an adult or a child, which makes a big difference. You are correct that male child sexual abuse gets less attention than female, though the damage can be just as great. Most urban settings have some sort of sexual abuse hotlines, which might be a good start. Or, go national, e.g., http://naasca. Org/010111-recovery. Htm, and look for someone in your area.

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Is there a evidence-based link between child sexual abuse and promiscuity in adolescence or adulthood?

Is there a evidence-based link between child sexual abuse and promiscuity in adolescence or adulthood?

Yes.: Once sex is cheapened, unfortunately in the child -molested's eye, sex is devalued. This has been unfortunately been shown to be true. Not for everyone in that situation, but for many!

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Could child sexual abuse cause low sex drive?

Could child sexual abuse cause low sex drive?

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.

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How to cope with trauma from child sexual abuse and depression?

How to cope with trauma from child sexual abuse and depression?

Therapy: Trauma from child sexual abuse frequently affects many parts of daily life unless it is treated. Talking to someone trained in dealing with this type of abuse can stop it from being so powerful and allow it to become part of your past instead of living with its effects daily. Fighting the effects is probably a large part of your depression. It is exhausting.

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How could I cope with trauma from child sexual abuse and depression?

How could I cope with trauma from child sexual abuse and depression?

If you have not had: Therapy that is a good place to start. Recommend working with a therapist who is experienced in working with trauma. Medical evaluation to rule out medical causes for symptoms is prudent. Sometimes psychiatric medications are also indicated. Unresolved past trauma can obstruct you from moving on with your life. Good luck on your road to increased health. Take care.

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Are motor tics associated with sexual abuse as a child?

Are motor tics associated with sexual abuse as a child?

No: Motor tics are, generally speaking, a biological condition, responsive to behavioral techniques, and medication.

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Does sexual abuse as a child lead to a higher likelihood of failed relationships and promiscuity later in life?

Does sexual abuse as a child lead to a higher likelihood of failed relationships and promiscuity later in life?

Maybe: It all depends on the individual. "sexual abuse" takes many forms, and has many consequences. There is no single, or definitive, answer.

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I have severe tokophobia and anxiety due to prior sexual abuse. Cbt didn't help. I only intend to have one child. Can I request a c-section?

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Discuss: You can discuss this with your ob/gyn; there shouldn't be a reason why you can't elect to have a c-section.

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Could sexual abuse (orally) as a young child cause a high palate/teeth crowding?

Could sexual abuse (orally) as a young child cause a high palate/teeth crowding?

No: High narrow palate is usually congenital or the result of breathing problems causing the muscles of the jaw and face to restrict normal expansion of the palate.

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How easy is it to find a doctor to perform cesarean on request in this situation- sexual abuse survivor, severe tokophobia and anxiety, plan one child?

How easy is it to find a doctor to perform cesarean on request in this situation- sexual abuse survivor, severe tokophobia and anxiety, plan one child?

Shouldn't be hard: Elective c-section is a controversial topic but most ethical experts agree that the risks and benefits can be argued in either direction and it's reasonable to agree to do a c-section for a woman who requests one in this situation.