Psychiatrist Says Children Exposed To Trauma, Risk Developing Disorder

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A Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Femi Adeoye, on Friday said that children exposed to sexual abuse and domestic violence would have chances of developing Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Adeoye, a Consultant at the Federal Neuro-psychiatrist Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

According to News Agency of Nigeria, the consultant said that PTSD in children could last for months or years into adulthood, if not well managed. PTSD is a mental illness that results from exposure to trauma involving death or threat.`

He expressed regrets that poverty, ignorance on the part of family members and child labour subjected children to traumatic events.

According to him, traumatic events deeply affects the child’s view of himself or herself and of the world.

“Suffering a traumatic event – for example, child abuse and domestic violence – increases the risk of developing personality disorder, conduct disorder and depression in adult years.

“Sexual abuse has wide-ranging impacts on a child’s ability to have stable and fulfilling romantic relationships during adult years,“ Adeoye said.

He said that females were more likely to develop PTSD than males, whereas males were more likely to exhibit conduct disorder and criminal behaviour after a trauma. Adding that PTSD could be managed in children through family support.

According to him, family support is a major factor on how a child experiences and adapts to victimisation. (NAN)


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Following a catastrophic automobile accident several years ago, I began suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I was hit by one of two cars that were racing on the 10 freeway in Los Angeles. And, although I walked away from the accident, I began to have several FULL-BLOWN panic attacks a day (I didn’t even know they were panic attacks; I just thought I was going crazy). But, after just a few sessions with a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, my anxiety and panic attacks ceased and I haven't had one in 9 years. In fact, my life changed so dramatically and quickly, I decided to train in the same technique. Upon completing a three-year training program studying Somatic Experiencing, the work of Peter Levine, PhD., my self-obsessed passion for healing and personal transformation shifted. I've been blessed to be able to help and assist other survivors of unresolved past traumatic events, who suffer from PTSD, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Depression and Stress to feel safe, joyful and to take take control of their lives again. And, now, I consider that car wreck to be one of the best things that ever happened to me. It’s my passion for the past 9 years to share my story, experience, and know-how with others, like you, who may simply have been trying to heal with the wrong approaches. (You can’t heal a toothache by getting a massage.) I am not a psychologist, a medical doctor or a spiritual healer. I am a trauma survivor. And I have come to understand that PTSD, anxiety, panic, stress and depression are physiological conditions more so than they are psychological disorders. I hold retreats, workshops and free seminars, focused on establishing a sense of safety and re-awakening embodiment through healing stress and trauma. I also offer one-on-one sessions both face-to-face for local clients and by Phone and SKYPE for clients nationwide and internationally.
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