Common Symptoms in Adult Survivors of CSA

Information retrieved from Tracy, N.. (2017). Common Symptoms in Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse. Retrieved December 21, 2017 from

Physical Symptoms of Childhood Sexual Abuse

  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms/distress
  • Musculoskeletal complaints
  • Obesity, eating disorders
  • Insomnia, sleep disorders
  • Pseudocyesis
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Asthma, respiratory ailments
  • Addictions (alcohol addiction/drug addiction)
  • Chronic headache
  • Chronic back pain

Psychological and Behavioral Symptoms of Childhood Sexual Abuse

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Posttraumatic stress disordersymptoms
  • Dissociative states
  • Repeated self-injury
  • Suicide attempts
  • Lying, stealing, truancy, running away
  • Poor contraceptive practices
  • Compulsive sexual behaviors
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Somatizing disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Poor adherence to medical recommendations
  • Intolerance of or constant search for intimacy
  • Expectation of early death

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