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I am experiencing psychosis after being sexually abused for years. Please help.

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Published At June 11, 2017
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am an 18-year-old, and I have been sexually abused as a child for many years. I have never told anyone, and now my parents got divorced. I am experiencing numbness and psychosis symptoms, but they do not affect my daily life, and no one knows what I am going through. I wanted to know if I have a mental illness. Am I in danger of a mental illness?

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I empathize with you. Sexual abuse in childhood is perhaps the most brutal and tragic thing that can happen to a person. The scars of that enormous trauma never fade away. I believe you have post-traumatic stress disorder. It is not a psychotic disorder but a neurotic (anxiety spectrum) disorder. The symptoms include recurrent flashbacks, dreams, and images of traumatic events. Avoidance of places or things that remind the traumatic event, a hyperarousal state, being easily startled, palpitations, sudden panic attacks, always feeling frightened and insecure, emotional numbness, and overwhelming guilt or shame. If you think you are suffering from the above symptoms, visit a psychiatrist at the earliest. Medicines like Paroxetine and Escitalopram are very much helpful in reducing the symptoms.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Meena. Parth Singh
Dr. Meena. Parth Singh

Psychologist/ Counselor

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