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Oct 20 2014

Sexual Abuse Lingers for Decades: Is This Creating Issues in Your Life? – Vol. 110, July 21, 2011

It is amazing to find researchers are only now telling us what the sexually abused have known from the day their lives were altered for the worse. This study was published in the Cambridge University Press journal “Development and Psychopathology” which tracked 80 racially diverse girls who have experienced sexual abuse starting from between the ages of 6 to 16 from the Washington D.C. area. The girls were abused for an average of two years. The study started in 1987 and followed them for 23 years. The findings were that they had higher rates of depression, obesity, problems regulating their brain chemistry, sleep issues, poor health utilization, and risky behaviors from those of the controls. Sexually abused study participants were more likely to be sexually active at younger ages, have lower educational status, and more mental health problems.

The long term effects of abuse burned out a good proportions of the test subjects cortisol level which is released during the body’s “flight or fight” response. By age 15, testing showed that cortisol levels were below normal, compared to the control group. Lower levels of cortisol have been linked to a decrease in the body’s ability to deal with stress, linking it to post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and obesity.

The researchers stated that the earlier an abused person can get help the better off they will be. This is consistent with the way that hypnotists understand the workings of the human mind. The shorter the time that a person has had to contend with the problems the easier it will be to help clear them of it. Although there is an issue here with how early in life the person was abused. The younger the person is when the abuse occurred the deeper the imprint into the unconscious mind, making it a bit more difficult to treat.

It is amazing that so many woman are sexually abused some as early as 2 years old. A sexual assault happens every 2 minutes here in the United States. That would be one in four women are sexually abused according to the United States Bureau of Justice. Sadly, I see this in my practice no matter the age of the woman involved leading to all sorts of obsessive compulsive behaviors. Eating disorders, sexual acting out, substance abuse and depression have been some of the fall out that I have come to see in my clients. It is interesting that many of them have become quite successful in their professional lives, though the lack of self-esteem, most often explained by them as self-loathing creates personal issues making these woman miserable in their day-to-day lives.

When women come to terms with what has happened all too often those closest to them will invalidate their pain and worse blame them for the trespass.

From the another point of view in my practice I have had a few men call who have masturbated in front of their girlfriend’s young girls thinking that this behavior is fine. Unfortunately I am unable to track these men down because they call with unidentified phone numbers. All I can say is that my heart goes out to these young girls who are hurt in this fashion.

Dr. Patrick Carnes research states that eighty-one percent of the men who have been sexually abused become sex addicts. In my practice all the men who have a history of sexual abuse were sexually abused before they were sexually active themselves – often around the time they were 10 years old or so.

So what can we do to help you or someone whom you love who may be battling this problem? I would say that hypnosis is a very good way to go. It is very effective at dealing with desensitizing the trauma involved, forgiving the abuser, allowing your inner child to be healed as well as allowing you to better function in life. It is a much easier way to process the work being in the altered hypnotic state. This is true because you are not associated into the traumatic event as you do the work. Rather you are able to release the trauma feeling much lighter and in more control of yourself after the work is complete. In this way you can move forward to have a much better quality of life able to achieve those things that are meaningful to you, having learned to love yourself while letting go of any issues that are not serving you in a very quick manner because your unconscious mind can process information much quicker than your conscious mind.

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