Effects of Child Abuse

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The consequences of child maltreatment can be profound and may endure long after the abuse or neglect occurs. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some possible effects of child abuse in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

All types of child abuse and neglect leave lasting scars. Some of these scars might be physical, but emotional scarring has long lasting effects throughout life, damaging a childs sense of self, ability to have healthy relationships, and ability to function at home, at work and at school.

Some of the effects of child abuse include:

Lack of trust and relationship difficulties. Abuse by a primary caregiver damages the most fundamental relationship as a childthat you will safely, reliably get your physical and emotional needs met by the person who is responsible for your care.

Core feelings of being worthless or damaged. If youve been told over and over again as a child that you are stupid or no good, it is very difficult to overcome these core feelings.

Trouble regulating emotions. Abused children cannot express emotions safely. As a result, the emotions get stuffed down, coming out in unexpected ways. They may turn to alcohol or drugs to numb the painful feelings.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.