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Sexual abuse and repressed memories? Are repressed memories real, and how would one know?

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Dr. Kathryn Seifert
Clinical Psychology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes and no

There is no single answer to cover every situation.
While memories of trauma may surface years later. The problem with old memories is that they can be affected and changed by time, attitudes, other memories, and other events. A competent therapist will help you process trauma, reduce symptoms and increase strengths. The accuracy of old memories is the subject of the repressed memory debate.

In brief: Yes and no

There is no single answer to cover every situation.
While memories of trauma may surface years later. The problem with old memories is that they can be affected and changed by time, attitudes, other memories, and other events. A competent therapist will help you process trauma, reduce symptoms and increase strengths. The accuracy of old memories is the subject of the repressed memory debate.
Dr. Kathryn Seifert
Dr. Kathryn Seifert
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Dr. Ernest Bordini
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Slowly with therapy

Individuals beleiving they have repressed memories can be easily convinced of that by a hypnotherapist or other naive clinician who is on an exciting journey.
This is tricky stuff that should be carefully considered and treated by an experienced psychologist or psychiatrist. Hypnosis is in disrepute for doing this - and the subject of a lot of successful malpractice claims.

In brief: Slowly with therapy

Individuals beleiving they have repressed memories can be easily convinced of that by a hypnotherapist or other naive clinician who is on an exciting journey.
This is tricky stuff that should be carefully considered and treated by an experienced psychologist or psychiatrist. Hypnosis is in disrepute for doing this - and the subject of a lot of successful malpractice claims.
Dr. Ernest Bordini
Dr. Ernest Bordini
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Exactly. I have two colleagues whose families were ruined during the 1990's by a trouble member's having "memories" of bizarre, prolonged sexual abuse induced under hypnosis.
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