The Consequences Of Child Abuse

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Child Abuse Child abuse is when a parent or caregiver, either through action or failing to act, causes injury, death, emotional harm or harm to a child. There are different forms of child maltreatment that include: neglect, physical, sexual, or emotional abuse and exploitation. Most abused children suffer a great amount of emotional damage than that of physical damage. An abused child may become depressed. Some common symptoms seen in children who are abused or have been in the past are easily noticed by others around the child. They may withdraw them socially and think of suicide or become violent. A much older child may possible use drugs or alcohol, run away or mistreat others. Behavior changes like fear, anxiety, depression, or not wanting to go home, or appearing afraid of certain individuals are clear indications. The child may begin to use explicit language that is unsuitable for the child 's age. Changes in sleeping patterns; the child may have frequent nightmares or have trouble with going to bed and remain asleep. It can change how the child does in school, they are unable to pay attention in class or the inability to sit still or quietly. A clear indication are visible unexplainable injuries like burns, bruises, or broken bones. Child abuse is a serious problem that is slowly becoming common. Child abuse increase the chances of depression occurring. Women who have been sexually abused as children have a higher risk of developing a kind of depression. In a study of six hundred seventy six adults with history of childhood physical and sexual abuse or neglect that occurred before age eleven with five hundred twenty non-abused adults. The two groups were matched by age, race and sex. The adults with a history of childho... ... middle of paper ... ...nses to stress that leads to depression. Chronic maltreatment can set the stress perpetually on high alert. The dysregulation rises the risk for psychological problems like depression and might lead to strengthened feelings of anxiety, fear and the lack of pleasure. With almost four million children assessed for child abuse or neglect in the United States every year; a huge problem that costs the United States about one hundred twenty-four billion dollars in lost productivity and health, child welfare and criminal justice costs. Child maltreatment is not something we can afford to put aside. Even amongst the tough survivors, the repercussions of abuse may remain; they are at risk for a mental illness, but of the way trauma disturbs the stress system, they are more susceptible to developing chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.
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