What are the symptoms of sexual abuse and physical abuse in teens?

Many Possibilities. Teens who are being abused may display difficulties with their mood, such as depression or anxiety. They may also be more angry or more reactive to minor situations. There is usually a higher incidence of behavior problems, drug and alcohol abuse, and decreased school performance. It is important to remember that all of these difficulties can also occur in the absence of abuse.

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What are telltale symptoms of sexual abuse in children?

When children have. Been sexually abused, there is often a sudden change in their behavior. They may start acting out. Failing in school, having nightmares, making sexually provocative remarks. If you suspect something is wrong, it is a good idea to consult with a child psychologist. Read more...

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...

Does emotional abuse cause more mental disorders as an adult compared with physical or sexual abuse?

Good question. That is a difficult one to answer. The actual incidence of "emotional" abuse is not easily obtainable, since it isn't "reported." the consequences of physical and sexual abuse are better understood since these come to our attention much more frequently. In interviews with my patients with mental disorders (i dislike that term) i find a frequent allusion to emotionally abusive parents, spouses etc. Read more...
All abuse causes. Emotional harm. Physical & sexual abuse is always accompanied by emotional abuse. But in my experience the emotional aspects of abuse seem to take longer to heal than the physical aspects. The good thing is that people survive & even thrive after abuse when they get the right support & help. Read more...

Please suggest a positive (work?)book to help: born w/adhd, years of physical/emotion/sexual abuse by parent, now has c ptsd, bipolar 2, & borderline.

Possibility. This sounds like an extremely complex situation that would benefit more from working individually with an experienced psychologist or psychiatrist. However, the mind-body workbook for ptsd by block(s) may be a nice accompaniment to your own more individualized therapy. Good luck to you. Read more...
The Courage to. Heal is a book that can help you alongside psychotherapy and support groups for survivors of sexual a use. It will take time to read and work on these issues, take your time and consult with your therapist as you work on these difficult issues. Read more...

Do really bad nightmates indicate sexual abuse?

No. Even people with fairly fortunate histories can periodically suffer really bad nightmares. Yet, they "can" mean there are troubled things filling the mind. You ought not try to pin point the things from nightmares - certainly not alone. It's never easy to be certain - but there are big mistakes to be made in those woods. Be careful. Talk w/ a good therapist. Read more...

Any advice? I have been affected by sexual abuse?

Sexual abuse. I would suggest that you seek out counseling with a mental health practitioner who specializes in treatment of trauma and abuse. Sexual abuse affects personal relationships, as well as self-esteem and confidence. In counseling, you can resolve and release the trauma which may still be stored in your body memory, and move towards a more balanced life. Read more...

How would someone who had childhood sexual abuse behave?

No universal answer. Some people do adjust normally to abuse, and may not show any unsual behaviors. Some have specific or sexual functioning problems, and others suffer more disruptive disorders in terms of mood stability, ptsd symptoms or develop maladaptive persoanlity traits or disorders. Care must be taken not to assume abuse from current behavior. Treatement by psychologists and/or psychiatricst can help. Read more...
In the extreme. I agree with my colleagues answer. I would add that some victims of sexual trauma can become phobic of health sexuality (e.g. I had a patient with a history of sexual abuse who could not have any sexual relationship with her husband). On the other extreme, victims of sexual abuse can become "hyper-sexual" meaning that they engage in extreme amount and/or type of sexual acting out that hurts them. 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 more...

Is it sexual abuse if someone touches me on a non-sexual part of my body?

Usually not. Many people touch a shoulder or elbow without any sexual intent. Always best to politely inform a toucher that you would prefer them not to touch you if it upsets you. Read more...

Can zoophilia be related to sexual abuse?

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...