Abuse involves misusing power to hurt or manipulate another person. The abuse can be physical, verbal, emotional, sexual, social or financial, and can result in all sorts of pain and psychological issues. Psychological wounds caused by abuse can be more difficult to heal than physical injuries.

Victims of abuse can have strong negative feelings even after the abuse is over. Many severe mental issues are commonly seen in people who have faced abuse, and these can affect their ability to maintain normal relationships to stay happy.

What is child abuse?

Child Abuse involves hurting, manipulating, or neglecting a minor under the age of 18. According to Child Help, more than 3.6 million cases are referred to child protection services that involve greater than 6.6 million children annually. The same page states that Child Protective Services receives a report of child abuse every ten seconds in the United States.

What are the effects of child abuse?

Child abuse can cause a ripple effect that can take control of every aspect of a child’s life. It can negatively impact children’s academic and social skills. Child abuse can also have a domino effect on the child’s help if he or she misses any developmental milestones. Some of the psychological issues that children face includes:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • PTSD
  • Self-destructive behavior
  • Trust issues
  • Shame
  • Dissociation
  • Irritability and mood swings

Psychotherapy and Child Abuse 

According to Good Therapy, there are different types of psychotherapy for child abuse, including:

Play therapy: Kids can find it difficult to express their emotions by talking. It can be simpler for these kids to demonstrate their feelings by playing so that they can deal with the abuse without any psychological side effect or drawback.

Cognitive behavioral therapy: Children can change their distorted thought processes. For example, in cases of incest, psychotherapists can make children realize that the issue is not their fault.

Group therapy: With group therapy, children can meet other kids with similar circumstances. The therapy can help minimize any notions of stigma, shame, and isolation so that kids have a safe environment to learn new skills and communication techniques.

Family therapy and parent-child interaction therapy: These therapies are commonly used in cases where a family member is an abuser. Family therapy can help victims repair their emotional connection with the family, while parent-child interaction therapy targets the relationship between the abuser and the victim specifically.

Pillars of Wellness and the Road to Recovery

Devon was a 12-year-old boy who was beaten by his parents. He was moved around the foster care system which resulted in a defect in his ability to form human connections with his foster families. Devon would act out at school and bully other children in return. His new foster family got him family systems therapy, and as he improved over the next two year, Devon was finally adopted and made progress in his life. If you want what’s best for your children, and you feel they need all the emotional and psychological help and support they can get, contact us to get in touch with our Psychotherapist.

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