Signs An Adult Was Abused As A Child

signs an adult was abused as a child

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

The main signs are as follows:



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– 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 fulfil academic potential


– Irrational feelings of shame and self-hatred

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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 (e.g. 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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