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Health Effects on an Adult Survivor of Child Abuse

Postby jaydnul » Thu Mar 28, 2019 4:56 pm


Someone close to me survived a range of child abuse from their biological father, mostly emotional, but some physical. They turned out great mentally and emotionally as an adult, however they seem to always be sick with something. Whether it be an upset stomach, nerve pain, fatigue... there always seems to be something no matter what. They have about every food allergy in the book, gluten, shellfish, lactose intolerance, etc. It impedes their ability to consistently go to work or keep any plans with friends and family.

Sometimes I think it might have been the best way for them growing up to forcefully get the required attention a child would need, then other times I think that they really do have a heightened nerve sensitivity because even pleasurable things seem to be more intense for them.

Really I just want to know if this is a known phenomenon, I am unfamiliar with abuse survival and its symptoms. If so, are there effective remedies, like therapy or even medication to reduce sensitivity?

Thanks so much in advance!
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