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 The trauma of childhood abuse is related with mental health issues in adulthood. In studies1 measuring mental outcomes of both depression and attempted suicide, an association was found between reported childhood abuse incidents.

Results showed that more than 50% of adults in Memphis and Shelby County TN with 4 or more child abuse incidents in their background (score of 4 or more) reported that they have had a diagnosis of depression. This contrasts with only 15% of adults having had no child abuse in their background being diagnosed with depression. Adults who had more incidents of childhood abuse were found to be more likely to have attempted suicide: 29% of adults who reported 4 or more childhood abuse incidents said they attempted suicide, while just 2% of adults who had no childhood abuse, said they attempted suicide.

What was revealed by this study is that there is a significant relationship between mental health outcomes in adulthood and child abuse. Adults scoring 4 or more child abuse incidents were 5.6 times more likely to be diagnosed with depression. What’s more startling is that these residents of Memphis and Shelby County TN had a 20.7 times greater chance of attempting suicide when compared to adults reporting no incidents of child abuse in their background.

Incidents of child abuse may also have an effect on an adult’s outlook regarding their ability work, their opportunities for jobs and ultimately their employment status. There is a clear relationship between victims of past childhood abuse and their perceptions of adequate job availability. For adults with 4 or more child abuse incidents, 44% reported feeling they didn’t have enough occupations available in Memphis and Shelby County TN. This contrasts with just 16% of adults with no child abuse feeling there weren’t enough jobs available for them.

Regarding their employment status at the time of the study, 17% of adults who reported 4 or more child abuse events were unemployed, contrasted with just 7% of adults reporting no child abuse. For adults with 4 or more episodes of child abuse, 15% were disabled or otherwise unable to work, contrasted with 8% of adults with no childhood abuse. The study controlled for variables such as age, gender, race/ethnicity and educational status and found that adults who reported 4 or more childhood abuse incidents had 3.6 times higher odds of feeling there were not enough job opportunities, with 2.1 times higher odds of actually being unemployed as well as 2.6 times higher odds of not being able to work as opposed to adults with no child abuse in their history.

Childhood abuse is detrimental and unfortunately it is a common occurrence in Memphis and Shelby County TN. Estimates are that 361,200 adults have suffered at least one episode of childhood abuse. Most commonly, the abuse is related to substance abuse (25%), emotional neglect (25%), and emotional abuse (23%). Results from this research study confirmed that there is a relationship between childhood abuse (abuse along with a dysfunctional household) and risky health conduct or behaviors. This study specifically confirmed that a relationship does exist between childhood abuse and depression, sexually transmissible infections, and suicide attempts, in Memphis and Shelby County, TN.

Because our treatment for depression and anxiety programs rely on evidence based practices, our Intensive Outpatient Program shares many common methods with other successful treatment methods of adults who have experienced abuse as a child.  The foundation of our treatment program for relies on the principles of the stages of change, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused treatment, skills training and identifying repetitive dysfunctional behavioral relationship patterns that developed in childhood to promote recovery from PTSD, depression and other mental health disorders.  In fact, our Intensive Outpatient Program in Memphis, TN that has been proven to be effective in the treatment of these disorders in six peer reviewed treatment outcome studies.   Our treatment center provides services to those who need more treatment than one hour a week, but less than 24 hour care, by providing three hours of treatment per day, three to five days per week, in an intensive outpatient setting. It is also important to keep in mind that women and men often experience PTSD and depression differently and therefore the presence of PTSD or depression may also appear differently based on gender. If you or a loved one is showing signs of depression or PTSD related to abuse as a child, they should be assessed by a trained mental health professional who can help design a treatment plan for depression that can result in recovery.  Treatment for depression and anxiety can be highly successful.  People who have completed our program have provide very high consumer satisfaction scores and reviewsCall us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.