Common reactions associated with sexual abuse
Sleep disturbances and nightmares. Difficulty falling or staying asleep, repeated nightmares.
Difficulty concentrating and forgetfulness. With work-related things or other activities, difficulty staying focused on what you're doing.
Intrusive memories and flashbacks. Sudden and upsetting memories about the event, reliving it or feeling like it's happening right now.
Hypervigilance. Excessive feelings of fear, constantly scanning for danger.
Volatile emotions. Sudden irritability, crying or anger. Difficulty staying composed.
Disorientation or dissociation. Feeling like you're in a fog, losing track of time, being unable to remember significant parts of an event.
Physical symptoms. Chronic physical ailment like headaches, stomach aches or fatigue.
Low self-esteem. Feeling ashamed, powerless, dirty or stupid (which you are not).
Anxiety. Feeling anxious all the time, panic attacks.
Depression. Burying things inside, feeling hopeless, not enjoying things that should be fun and rewarding.
Isolation. Difficulty trusting others, withdrawing from friends and/or family.
Relationship difficulties. Difficulty maintaining or entering into friendship, work or romantic relationships.
Sexual problems. Fear of sex, flashbacks or feelings of numbness during sex, frequent anonymous sex or excessive masturbation.
Addictive behaviors. Excessive use of alcohol, drugs, sex, food, shopping, gambling, work, or exercise to numb or distract from troubling thoughts or memories.
These reactions and more are totally normal. Working with CVTC can help lessen them.