What are some signs that a child as been sexually abused?

Often striking. Marked behavior change for the worse, secrecy, sexual acting-out, showing a knowledge of sexual matters beyond what's appropriate. Photos, sexually transmitted disease, & some physical findings are proof. The law allows for conviction in the absence of physical evidence, but the standards used by physicians require some physical evidence for "definite abuse.".

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What are signs of adult a.D.D.? And also ptsd? I was sexually abused as a child. Have issues with memory, easily distracted, depression, stress management/anxiety

You may have both. The sx of adhd and ptsd may overlap. Especially in the details of easy distractabilty and poor memory. You should see a counselor for your ptsd symptoms but you should get some comprehensive psychological testing to determine if you have both or the one diagnosis ater this you may or may not want to add medication to the counseling. Read more...
ADD/PTSD. Possible to have both, usually add precedes ptsd which is related to trauma. With add there is inattention, impulsivity & hyperactivity. With ptsd there is intrusive recollections (flashbacks), avoidance & emotional numbing, & hypervigilence. Read more...
Seek therapy. People with add have trouble concentrating on one thing for a long period of time. They are easily distracted and this can affect memory. Ptsd occurs when someone has had a trauma and continues to have reactions to the trauma, such as easily startled, sad, anxious, distracted, memory problems. So add and ptsd can be related or 2 separate conditions. Symptoms are similar. Seek therapy for help. Read more...
Eval. You have already received abundant information about the symptoms of both add & ptsd from other providers. The bottom line is that although panelists can provide you with basic information about these conditions, we can't provide an accurate diagnosis hopefully the distress you are experiencing because of these symptoms will drive you to get professional assessment & appropriate help. Read more...
PTSD. If you did not have symptoms of ADHD as a child and have not experienced a brain injury or infection, it is unlikely you have adult ADHD. PTSD is a more likely diagnosis. You should see a psychiatrist or psychologist for an evaluation and treatment plan which may combine counseling and medication. Read more...
PTSD vs ADD. The symptoms off PTSD are often mistaken for ADD due to some symptom overlap. What you describe sounds like PTSD and i would encourage you to seek out a psychologist specializing in trauma. W trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy, mindfulness training, and EMDR past trauma is treatable. Read more...

What should a guy do in his late twenties who has been sexually abused as a child to overcome the side effects of child abuse?

Consider therapy. Child abuse has many effects on a person, depending on what/who was involved, and what supports there were for the child. A psychotherapist who knows emdr (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) could assist you in dealing with the aftermath -- and help you move forward. http://www.emdr.com/general-information/what-is-emdr.html good for you in exploring your options! recovery = possible. Read more...
Seek counseling. You have experienced a tremendous trauma as a child and this needs to be dealt with seriously. You need the guidance and supervision of a trained therapist such as a psychologist, psychiatrist or social worker to help you deal with the feelings of pain from your early experiences of betrayal of trust and loss of safety. Please seek help asap. You can ask your regular doctor for a reference to a therapist. Read more...

Who can I call/talk to if I know I was sexually abused as a child?

Therapist. Child sexual abuse can cause lifelong symptoms for you. These are serious wounds that cause serious problems. The sooner someone can help you with your wounds and fears, the better you will be. Look for a therapist who specializes in adult survivors of child abuse/child sex abuse. Good luck and take care of yourself! Read more...
Look here: http://www.rainn.org/get-help a non-profit organization devoted to helping victims of sexual abuse. Read more...

Does a mother who sexually abused child needs to seek professional counseling?

Quite possibly. Some parents of children who have been sexually abused have felt overwhelming guilt and self-blame that they could not protect their child. Also, a child being sexually abused is more than enough to traumatize the parent. Any of these feelings and others can be worked through safely with a trusted psychologist/therapist. Read more...

I am scared of having a pelvic exam because I was sexually abused as a child. How can I handle it?

Tell Your Doctor! Your ob/gyn physician will have experience treating patients with a history of childhood sexual abuse, and he or she can help you through it by discussing the details of the procedure beforehand and doing whatever you need to feel comfortable, including having people you trust with you for the exam. Inform your doctor well in advance of the exam and you can create a plan for the office visit. Read more...
Talk with doctor. This is not uncommon, and there are many skilled, compassionate family physicians & obgyn's who can help you. You can talk with your doctor about what has happened, and s/he should be patient and gentle with you. If don't yet have a doctor but are working with a therapist on these issues, you might ask about referrals to doctors who frequently care for patients with this kind of history. Read more...

I am feeling comfortable talking to my brother. Could I have been sexually abused in the past a child and I can't remember it, what to do?

Be careful. If you are being cared for by a therapist, professional or lay, competent or not, and that therapist is focusing on trying to get you to remember "forgotten sexual abuse", then please get a second opinion. You may be under the care of a gravely misguided individual who can do enormous harm to you and those you love. Read more...
Absolutely possible. It is not unusual for past traumatic events to be "blocked" from your memory. It sounds like you have some suspicions. Speaking with trusted family members would be a good start. Then start regular counseling sessions. Bringing up the past may bring up painful memories as you go through counseling, but untreated abuse can result in chronic anxiety, chronic pain and other physical illness! Read more...

What causes a person to commit child abuse/molestation? My moms father&brother sexually abused younger now suffers from schizophrenia/bipolar.

Many things. Such a painful situation here. Many people who abuse or molest children were themselves abused . . . . Thus perpetuating a generational crime against younger (and less powerful) kids in the family. The key is to shift the victim to survivor through timely treatment, as was probably not done for the perpetrator. Sometimes when the child "tells, " she or he is not believed, either. Tragic. Read more...
People who have . been abused/molested tend to molest and abuse children/people. Schizophrenia or Bipolar disorder are two different kinds of mental illness and need medicine. They worsen with any stress and can get better with therapy and medicine. Seek a psychiatrist for medicine. Go find a psychologist for counseling and go to primary care if the wait for the psychiatrist is too long. . Read more...
Many factors. Including risk from addiction to drugs by the parent, a single parent household/ absence of stable father figure, the child's own behavioral issues and others. One do the most challenging is that ? of of abusers have been victims themselves eg The Cycle of Abuse. As individuals with such risk factors, recognition of one own tendencies to replay these, as early as possible with a therapist is key. Read more...

How can I move on from being sexually abused as an 8 year old?

Counseling. Can help. I also recommend you look up joyce meyer and her books. Battlefield of the mind is a wonderful place to start. Her books are incredibly helpful and she freely discusses the fact that she was sexually abused as a child and how she has become free of its hold on her. Read more...
Resource here: http://www.rainn.org/get-help a solid non-profit group that helps all those who were sexually abused. Be well, . Read more...

Can someone black out a memory of being sexually abused long ago?

YES. We humans have a remarkable ability to put painful memories in a "vault" in our mind.This does , unfortunately , have a bad habit of hurting us later in life.We drink, risk take, use drugs and a host of other bad actions to deal with the trauma of that abuse.Recommend a mental health professional to help with this issue. Read more...