Effects of abuse

In adult life the psychological effects of past abuse can manifest themselves in many ways which includes:

  • Low self esteem
  • Anxiety
  • Eating disorders
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Violent/Destructive acts
  • Troubled relationships
  • Depression
  • Suppressed anger
  • Alcohol/Substance abuse
  • Child raising problems
  • Self harm
  • Workplace problems

Many adults who have these problems do not necessarily associate the cause of them with childhood sexual abuse.

Counselling can help you overcome these problems and gain increased control over your life. You will become more self dependent and self controlled and improve your life expectations.

Feelings of the adult survivor

Confusion – Guilt – Shame – Isolation – Grief – Depressed – Mistrust – Powerless –
Anxiety – Fear – Need to Control – Anger – No identity – Stigmatised

Factors for good mental health

    • Adjustment to own changing needs and environment.
    • Physical security – Need to feel bodily safe and free from fear.
    • Need to feel accepted by other people, especially parents.
    • Free of money problems/secure accommodation.
    • Need for love and affection – to know someone cares.
    • To feel accepted as a person in spite of faults.
    • The need for emotional warmth and consistency.
    • The need for freedom and self-respect.
    • The desire for independence and recognition.