Signs An Adult Was Abused As A Child

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What Are The Signs An Adult Was Abused As A Child?

The main signs are as follows:

– Volatile, difficult and unstable relationships with others, including own children

– Problems with behavior including anti-social behavior leading to conflict with the law (especially in the case of males who were abused as children

Extreme emotions and difficulty controlling them

– Hypervigilance / feelings of vulnerability / not feeling safe and secure

– Did not fulfill academic potential

Dependence on alcohol or drugs in attempt to reduce emotional pain and suffering

Intrusive and disturbing memories of abuse

– Intrusive and disturbing feelings and emotions connected to the abuse (eg when lying awake at night)

Nightmares, insomnia

– Depression, anxiety, cPTSD (complex posttraumatic stress disorder),  BPD (borderline personality disorder)

‘Comfort eating’ and associated obesity

Self-harming behaviors

Thoughts about suicide


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