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Risks for Psychological Illness for Child Abuse Survivors

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In the United States, child abuse is reported every 10 seconds, according to Childhelp. Several types of child abuse exist: sexual abuse, physical abuse and child neglect. Each of these types of child abuse can be damaging to the child, both physically and psychologically.

Child sexual abuse can include another person touching the child in a sexual manner, showing the child pornography, or engaging in oral sex or sexual intercourse with the child. MedlinePlus noted that with child sexual abuse, men are usually abusers and they often know the child. If a child is a victim of physical abuse, she will have visible injuries. Examples of possible injuries include a black eye, human bite marks, wounds around the neck from choking, burns, unexplained broken bones and unusual bruises, according to MedlinePlus. With child neglect, the child's caretaker intentionally denies the child of something she needs. This can include medical care, food, shelter and clothing. MedlinePlus adds that child neglect, or psychological abuse, can also include not providing the child with a safe environment, exposing the child to violence, and reckless disregard for the child.

Survivors of child abuse are at risk for different psychological conditions. With a traumatic experience, which child abuse is, survivors may develop a type of anxiety condition called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Child abuse survivors with PTSD can re-experience their trauma, such as through flashbacks, in which they feel like they are living through the abuse again.

Other psychological disorders may occur.

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