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The National Children’s Advocacy Center reports…

06-03-2017 by Weissman Law Firm

The National Children’s Advocacy Center reports…

1. Individuals who experienced childhood abuse and neglect have an increased risk for a variety of physical ailments, including:

  • Autoimmune Disorders                                                   
  • Hypertension       
  • Arthritis                                         
  • GI Disorders 
  • Lung Disease                                                                
  • Peptic Ulcers   
  • Heart Disease                                                          
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Obesity & Increased BMI                                         
  • Liver Disease
  • Migraines and  Headaches                                              
  • Chronic Pain

2. Adults who experienced child abuse and neglect may also experience negative mental health conditions well into adulthood, including:

  • Depression
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Panic Disorders
  • PTSD
  • Phobias
  • Suicide Attempts

3. Adults who were maltreated as children are more likely to engage in behaviors that put them at further risk for negative physical and mental health outcomes, including:

  • Alcohol Related  Problems
  • Anti-Social Behaviors
  • Drug Use
  • Sexual Risk Behaviors
  • Eating Disorders
  • Daily Cigarette Smoking
  • Poor Pre- and Post-Natal Care
  • Self-Mutilation

4. Individuals who experienced maltreatment during childhood utilize more medical and mental health services, including more emergency room visits resulting in higher healthcare costs.

5. Women with a history of child sexual abuse are much more likely to be re-victimized sexually and physically as adults.


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