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Warning Signs Of Sexual Abuse In Men. The Best Sexual Abuse Therapy For Men.

By nature over the years men have been conditioned into being overly masculine and taught to suppress their emotions which has led to a societal challenge of ‘toxic masculinity’. This has consequently caused a generational disturbance of men becoming less aware of their emotions and being unable to effectively express them. When a man is sexually abused, 9 time out of 10 it will not be resorted, the sad reality of this is that they withhold this painful trauma which begins to manifest and affect them later in life.

Signs Of Sexual Abuse In Men

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How do I find an online sexual abuse therapist for men?

Signs of sexual abuse in men can be difficult to define and identify, it is important for any sexual abuse victim to connect to a sexual abuse therapist not only to heal but to further understand how sexual abuse affects childhood development, how sexual abuse affects mental health as well as to understand how sexual abuse affects relationships. Through sexual abuse therapy for men, Betterhelp has helped thousands of sexual abuse victims confront their trauma and talk about their experience in safe, judgment-free and professional space. Betterhelp sexual abuse therapists are all vastly trained, highly professional and experienced in what they do. In comparison to traditional methods of therapy, Betterhelp online sexual abuse therapy for men has proven to be more effective and successful. It is the most affordable, effective and convenient method of therapy.

Get matched with an online sexual abuse therapist for men

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Getting connected to your personal Betterhelp sexual abuse therapist takes less than 5 minutes. To ensure that we are in the best position to offer you the best sexual abuse therapy for men, simply answer this questionnaire carefully in its entirety. Shortly after based on your answers we will connect you to the most appropriate, eligible and professional sexual abuse therapist to support you through healing from the trauma of sexual abuse. You have complete freedom in choosing your own sexual abuse therapist and scheduling your sessions based on your availability and confort. Betterhelp gives you the advantage of conducting therapy the way you want to, via video call, phone call, text chat or even mail – your comfort, safety and healing is a priority to us.

How does sexual abuse affect child development?

When a child experiences sexual abuse at a tender and impressionable age where they are still developing, the trauma of the experience damages their psychological ability to process and release the stress. This can cause severe challenges and directly affect child development. Children who have been sexually abused may experience behavioral and emotional changes such as:

 Younger children

  • Nightmares or night terrors
  • Outburst of anger or crying for no obvious reason
  • Withdrawn and quiet behavior
  • Anxiety and depression or depressive episodes
  • Unaccounted for knowledge of sexual activity
  • Not wanting to be left alone with someone

 Pre-teen to teenagers

  • Substance abuse, drugs or alcohol
  • Self-harm
  • Change in friend circles
  • Withdrawing from certain people
  • High risk behavior
  • Sexual desire
  • Self-isolation
  • Mood swings
  • Highly emotional

 Sexual abuse affects each victim differently, everyone’s sexual abuse story is completely unique to them, however they react or respond to the trauma is absolutely normal. We want you to understand that it was not your fault, the sexual abuse that you experienced does not mean you are any less of a person and that there is nothing to be ashamed of. Childhood sexual abuse can happen in family households by family members, family friends, it can happen at school or even at the park. It is extremely traumatic and as a result can impact a child’s mental, physical and emotional well-being, and sexual and intimate relationships in future.

 The long-term effects of sexual abuse on childhood development can cause:

  • PTSD or C-PTSD – post traumatic stress disorder and complex post traumatic stress disorder
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bi polar disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Chronic nightmares or terrors
  • Extreme paranoia and fear for their safety

 It is unfortunate that when children do not disclose their sexual abuse and receive professional treatment from a sexual abuse therapist, they are at high risk of developing life-altering challenges which has been proven to affect a wide range of victims’ lives, including interpersonal relationships. We strongly advise you to seek help from a professional sexual abuse therapist to help you heal from the trauma and avoid the long-term effects it may cause.

How sexual abuse affect you in later life.

Can sexual abuse affect you later in life? Yes. It is a common misconception that sexual abuse a child does not seriously affect you as an adult, although you may not have realized or been able to identify the signs of sexual abuse earlier in your life, the effects can be subtle and psychological as the trauma has been deeply rooted and caused subconscious effects you may be unaware of.

 Sexual abuse can affect you later in life, studies have shown that sexual abuse does affect future relationships, sexual abuse can affect your sexuality, either causing you to have sexual identity challenges, hypersexuality or possible no sexual interest or desire whatsoever. Sexual abuse can cause severe mental health challenges as a consequence of the effect of sexual abuse on the brain.

 How does sexual abuse affect the brain?

 During a traumatic experience like sexual abuse, the body goes into ‘shock mode’, causing the brain to release stress hormones and signals to the rest of your body as a result, your nervous system freezes and becomes unable to process and release the shock. During the sexual abuse the brain and the body go into ‘flight or fight’ mode, as a method of trying to neutralize and control the emotions and process later. Very similarly to that of a post-war soldier that experiences PTSD after combat, sexual abuse cause the same reaction in the brain.

 After the experience, the main areas of the brain that are severely affected are:

  1. Amygdala – a section of the brain that is responsible for processing stress, trauma and threatening situations. During trauma, it becomes overstimulated and unable to clearly process the sexual abuse.
  2. Hippocampus – the part of your brain that controls memories and learning. Opposite to the amygdala, the hippocampus becomes less stimulated and the stress hormones that are released during trauma kill nerves in the hippocampus, causing weakness in the ability to recall memories or identify the abuse as trauma.

 Sexual abuse can cause victims to loose or fail to recognize certain feelings and sensations. Please connect to a sexual abuse therapist to help you further understand and work through your sexual abuse trauma.

What are the signs of childhood sexual abuse in adults?

If you have experienced extreme fear, anxiety or paranoia about leaving home, or find yourself having flashback of your sexual abuse incident, or seem to struggle with mood swings and outbursts of anger – it is possible that you are showing signs of childhood sexual abuse. Sexual abuse therapy helps victims unpack and understand the depths and effects of childhood sexual abuse in adults and better understand how to identify the signs of sexual abuse in men, learn how sexual abuse affects mental health as well as understanding why and how sexual abuse affects you later in life.

 These are common signs of childhood sexual abuse in adults:

  • Distorted and predominantly negative self-perception and self-esteem
  • Emotions such as, self-blame, guilt, shame, embarrassment, or humiliation
  • Symptoms of PTSD
  • Highly emotional reactions
  • Lack of trust in relationships
  • Inability to maintain relationships
  • Unable to connect with people
  • Depression or/and anxiety
  • Self isolation
  • Suicide attempt
  • High risk and dangerous behavior – drug or substance abuse, unprotected sex or violence
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Hypersexuality

 If you are experiencing three or more of the signs of childhood sexual abuse mentioned above, keep reading to connect to a professional sexual abuse therapist for support.

How does Online Sexual abuse therapy for men work?

Betterhelp online sexual abuse therapy for men is a safe space that allows you to receive the best, most effective sexual abuse therapy from the comfort of your home. With thousands of sexual abuse therapists to choose from, you have the advantage of connecting with someone who is experienced and educated in your situation to ensure that you are receiving the best treatment. Betterhelp online sexual abuse therapy for men allows you to choose your own therapist and in the unlikely event that you aren’t happy, you are more than welcome to switch therapists whenever you want to. Your comfort and healing comes first.

How will online Sexual abuse therapy for men change my life?

Men who have been sexually abused deserve an effective outlet, a safe environment to be vulnerable and share your experience. Online sexual abuse therapy for men will help you learn how to talk about the sexual abuse that you experienced, you will have the support, guidance and advice you need without being fearful of sharing your story. Online sexual abuse therapy for men will give you the opportunity to understand and confront the trauma safely and effectively, you will learn how to open up to you loved ones and allow them to love and support you through your healing process. You deserve to heal.

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