New research from Yale University reveals a grave tragedy of our times, ~ 12 % of all children in the US suffer some sort of confirmed neglect, physical, sexual, or emotional abuse by the time they reach age 18.
The following are some of possible effects of child abuse and neglect on a child’s mental health:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Academic problems in school-aged children and adolescents
- Withdrawn and/or difficulty connecting with others
- Increased hyper vigilance
- Difficulty sleeping
These are some common effects observed in children who have been physically or sexually abused and/or neglected:
- Bruises, welts or swelling
- Sprains or fractures
- Lacerations or abrasions
- Difficulty in walking or sitting
- Torn, stained or bloody clothing
- Pain or itching in the genital area; bruises or bleeding in the external genital area
- Sexually transmitted infections or diseases
- Lack of adequate supervision, nutrition or shelter
- Poor hygiene
- Inappropriate dress
Children may develop these as ways to cope with complex trauma, or perhaps even to forget or suppress the traumatizing memories.
- Possible emotional and behavioral effects of trauma include:
- Eating disorders
- Drug use
- Risky sexual decision-making
- Troubled sleeping
- Discomfort with physical touch
I can’t think any more greater tragedy than a child living through the horrors of Abuse.
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– Source: JAMA, joyfulheartfoundation