Below are just a few of the forms of child abuse that are all damaging
to a child's mental, emotional and physical health. Child abuse can occur in a child's home, or in the organizations, schools or communities the child interacts with.
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Any one of the above or a combination of two or more is abusive
behavior. And any one of the abuses could and probably will cause the
child to suffer with stress, anxiety, (PTSD) Post traumatic Stress Disorder,
panic disorder, dissociation and/or at the least depression amongst other
mental and physical illnesses, aches and pains that the child may suffer
The physical health of the child will inevitably be affected as well
with such ailments as severe headaches, stomach pains, back and neck
pains, heart problems, vomiting, passing out, eating disorders and the
list could just go on and on.
I also suffer with severe TMJ from clinching my jaws all my life.
Along with all of the above I've just been diagnosed with degenerative
disc disease, arthritis and three bulging discs, all in my cervical
vertebra (my neck) and at the time I am only in my early fifties.
Before I started treatment I would suffer with chest pains that were so
intense that I ended up in the ER on several occasions.
I now know that the pains were caused by the stress that I had in my
life and this was even as an adult, many years after I left home and was
out of the abusive environment.
These are only a few examples of how a child's body can suffer from
mental and emotional abuse and stress.
There is help available! I know this too well because not only was I a
victim but I was also an abuser! Probably like you; I can say that I did
not physically harm my child. There were no bruises and no broken bones.
But the abuse that my child had sustained was emotional by my yelling and
ranting and raving, causing him to become a very nervous child. I thank God
that I was able to get the help for myself and my child before more damage was
Remember you don't have to wait for that moment of despair to get the
help that you need! Our mental health is as deserving of evaluation and
treatment as is any other part of our bodies. If you don't want to seek
help for your own self, then do it for your children.
These links below go to the same website but different pages
that you might be interested in!
They will open in a new window. But
there are many great websites that you can find on my "resource" page
to get plenty of help and more in-depth information from organizations
who you can contact.
Child Abuse Effects
- Identifies the four types of
child abuse, including signs, effects and statistics for each. Details
the impact on sexual abuse victims, profiles sex offenders, and provides
a forum to write your own child abuse story.
Child Abuse Stories
- An invitation to write your
own true child abuse story and have it posted. Comments for each page
Sexual Abuse Victims
- Details the impact of sexual
abuse, identifies why children don't tell, and includes page links to
the effects of sexual abuse on males, females, and victims with
- Profiles sex offenders, details how
they manipulate children, and includes page links to male, female,
child, adolescent, incestuous, and Internet offenders.
By: Candy Little