10 doctors weighed in:
Is there a psychiatric disorder that makes a woman claim to have suffered child abuse?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: 25% of women
In some surveys of normal population, 25% of women have suffered child sexual abuse.
Emotional and physical abuse would be higher. In psychiatric populations this 25% is much higher also. Psychiatric sequelae of such experiences include pstd, depression, other anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and various personality disorders as well. Such histories may accompany chronic pain disorders too.

In brief: 25% of women
In some surveys of normal population, 25% of women have suffered child sexual abuse.
Emotional and physical abuse would be higher. In psychiatric populations this 25% is much higher also. Psychiatric sequelae of such experiences include pstd, depression, other anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and various personality disorders as well. Such histories may accompany chronic pain disorders too.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Michael Blumenfield
On occasion a person who has not actually suffered child abuse might claim to have experienced it. of course it might be very difficult to know for sure what happened in the person's childhood. A person who complains of being impacted by child abuse whether or not it is true should have the opportunity to explore such feelings with a mental health professional.
Dr. Arthur Hoffman
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Many
Not sure if you are asking if child abuse can/will lead to psychiatric difficulties.
Yes. If you are asking can a person claim child abuse. Yes, but why?

In brief: Many
Not sure if you are asking if child abuse can/will lead to psychiatric difficulties.
Yes. If you are asking can a person claim child abuse. Yes, but why?
Dr. Arthur Hoffman
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
In brief: False memories?
This is a recognized illness caused by unscientific practitioners who told troubled women that any troublesome emotions are due to forgotten child sexual abuse, and encouraged the development of fantasies which at one time courts might accept as true, with huge harm. If anyone recalls abuse before seeking treatment, it's likely real & treatment will help overcome the old patterns.

In brief: False memories?
This is a recognized illness caused by unscientific practitioners who told troubled women that any troublesome emotions are due to forgotten child sexual abuse, and encouraged the development of fantasies which at one time courts might accept as true, with huge harm. If anyone recalls abuse before seeking treatment, it's likely real & treatment will help overcome the old patterns.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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