Linda Melrose, Ph.D. Sexual Abuse – May 1991 – Angels by Grace Publication – July 1997
POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER
INTRUSIVE SYMPTOMS: Nightmares, Flashbacks, Obsessive thoughts, Intrusive thoughts.
AVOIDANCE SYMPTOMS: Dissociation, Avoidance of situations that remind survivor of the abuse, amnesia.
AUTONOMOMIC SYMPTOMS: Muscle tension, headaches, hyperactivity, bladder infections, vaginal infections, sore throats.
AFFECTIVE SYMPTOMS: Depression, rage, anxiety, numbness.
SELF DESTRUCTIVE SYMPTOMS: Drug or alcohol abuse, eating disorder, compulsive behaviors, self mutilation, suicide attempts.
SOME COMMON EFFECTS OF SEXUAL ABUSE : WAYS OF COPING
Lack of effect Flashbacks
Loss of time Suicide attempts
Panic attacks Sleep disorders
Fear of sex Nightmares
Bladder Infections Poor body image
Vaginal infections Low self-esteem
Eating difficulties Dissociation
Sexual acting out Overly controlling
Compulsive exercising Chaotic lifestyle
Impulsive spending Minimizing or denying abuse
Alcohol or drug abuse Unclear memories
Gambling or shoplifting Impaired concentration
Fear of intimacy Irrational guilt
Lack to trust Hyperalertness
Intensification Anxiety disorders
Negative self-evaluation Mood swings
Disturbed relatedness Withdrawal
Blessings to you.