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Did sexual abuse ruin sex for you?

Sexual abuse can have devastating and lasting effects on victims. Child molestation, incest and sexual assault and rape, can all lead to mental and physiological responses that inhibits pleasurable sex with safe sex partners.

Some symptoms include depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress, self harm, addiction, shame, sexual acting out, unexplained fear of certain situations and/or people. Relationship issues such as trust and attachment disorders, personality disorders, triggers (stimuli that reminds the survivor of the sexual abuse event) and sexual dysfunction.

What keeps most trauma victims from seeking treatment is the fear of having to talk about and relive the trauma of past abuse. Sexual abuse always includes trauma and treatment must include specialized trauma reducing techniques such as EMDR (Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing). Techniques like EMDR accomplish both, minimal amount of talking is required to decrease the intensity of trauma.  This is done so the trauma can be processed and stored away like a memory without the active trigger.

EMDR is a well researched and accepted trauma treatment. It consists of bilateral stimulation of the body. It’s effectiveness was first discovered with using eye movements. It can just as easily be used using tapping on top of the knee, back of hands or with specialized paddles that give a short and painless vibration sensation. This effective technique assists the brain to move traumatic content from the emergency system to the storage system where is does not cause disturbance in your daily thoughts.

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