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Posted in Early Recovery

Women Abused as Children Twice as Likely to Suffer From Food Addiction

Food addiction is an unofficial term used to describe a relationship to food and eating that essentially mirrors the drug- or alcohol-related behaviors found in people affected by substance addictions. While the condition is not recognized by the highly influential American Psychiatric Association, significant evidence support its existence. According to the results of a new study published in May 2013 in the journal Obesity, women who have a history of either extreme childhood sexual abuse or extreme childhood physical abuse have a much greater chance of developing a food addiction than women who don’t have a history that includes these forms of abuse.

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Posted in Trauma and PTSD

Child Sexual Abuse as a Cause of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is a mental health disorder that sometimes occurs in the aftermath of situations that involve some type of violence or physical harm, or alternatively, situations that contain an imminent threat of violence or harm. Partly due to America’s continuous involvement in combat situations throughout the 2000s, many people associate PTSD with the direct experience of wartime conditions. However, the disorder can also appear in the aftermath of circumstances that include kidnappings, automobile accidents, earthquakes, civilian bombings, floods, train wrecks, and rapes. PTSD symptoms can also appear in the aftermath of child sexual abuse.

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A Timeline for Rape Recovery

Rape is a devastating trauma-a crisis-in one’s life. Regardless of the circumstances of a rape, it can take a long time to truly feel “better” again and move forward. Some people never move forward as they are unwilling or simply unable to process what happened to them. And, sadly, after feeling that they have healed and recovered, certain triggers can easily bring victims right back to square one.

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Posted in Articles

Women With History of Violence More Likely to Engage in Risky Sexual Behaviors

Women who have a history of being exposed to violence are more liable to take risks sexually. This is according to a study published in the journal The Psychology of Violence. The violence can be any type, from abuse experienced within the family, to witnessing a violent act in the neighborhood.

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Posted in Dual Diagnosis

Treating Emotional Trauma in Drug Rehab

The term emotional trauma was once associated only with men who had lived through the ravages of war. In more recent years, the term has been expanded to include women and children and the detrimental effects of stressful events which lead to physical and/or emotional damage. Sexual or physical abuse and childhood neglect are common sources of emotional trauma which come to light when a person enters a drug rehab program.

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Sexual Trauma Among Men in the Military

It is hard to estimate the number of military servicemen who have suffered from sexual trauma during active duty. Reliable statistics simply don’t exist. VA records show that one in every 100 male veterans treated by the VA reported being sexually traumatized by fellow servicemen during their military careers. Given that 18 million of the 24.5 million veterans don’t use the VA health system and that the majority of sexual assaults go unreported, the numbers are undoubtedly much higher.

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