When you undergo a traumatic event such as sexual abuse as a child, you are more likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a mental health condition that is triggered by a terrifying event, such as sexual abuse. Symptoms include anxiety, flashbacks, and nightmares. An individual with PTSD may also suffer from uncontrollable thoughts about the traumatic event.
Sometimes PTSD doesn’t arise until years after an event occurred. If you were the victim of child sexual abuse, you might have repressed your memories of the abuse. With therapy and medication, some cases of PTSD can be treated. However, PTSD can have significant long-term effects on a survivor.
Long-term Effects of PTSD
PTSD symptoms are generally placed into one of four groups. These groups include:
- Intrusive thoughts
- Negative changes in thinking and mood
- Changes in physical and emotional reactions
These symptoms can have an effect on an individual’s ability to perform their daily activities. Individuals who suffer from PTSD may have problems holding down a job or going to school. They may also have problems in relationships with family, friends, and romantic partners. PTSD can lead to social isolation and withdrawal from society. PTSD can even lead to chronic pain and autoimmune diseases.
In addition, some individuals with PTSD may turn to abusing substances in order to self-medicate or dull the symptoms. This is especially true for victims of child sex abuse who may experience shame or guilt around their trauma. Self-harm and the development of an eating disorder are common effects of PTSD. In severe cases of PTSD, there can also be suicidal thoughts and actions.
Help for Child Sex Abuse Survivors
If you experience any of these PTSD effects, you should seek help from a doctor or therapist for your condition. Many individuals with PTSD require long-term care to help manage their condition. This can involve a significant financial investment. If you were the victim of child sex abuse, you might be entitled to compensation for your suffering. The Child Victims Act allows survivors of child sex abuse to pursue compensation from their abusers and the institutions that enabled them. If you were the victim of child sex abuse, you should consider exploring your options.
Consult With a Trusted Attorney
If you are experiencing PTSD as a result of childhood sexual abuse, you should discuss your options with a trusted Child Victims Act attorney. At Bonina & Bonina, P.C., we have extensive experience helping child sex abuse victims pursue compensation against their abusers. Contact us online or call us at 1-888-MEDLAW1 to schedule your free consultation. Home and hospital visits are available. Se habla español.