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As per the findings of Kaiser Study cited earlier, it was discovered that emotional abuse as a child was the most frequent type of childhood trauma and abuse reported by residents of Shelby County and Memphis, TN1.  23% of the adults in Shelby County were subject to emotional and verbal abuse as a child, which included instances where the parent or any other adult swore at, degraded or insulted the child. 20% of the adults admitted that they were subjected to sexual abuse as a child and 14% of the adults were found to have endured physical abuse as a child.

The Kaiser Study established that children who were living in households where an individual was alcoholic or a subject of drug abuse were at a greater risk of abuse as a child. 25% of the adults who endured abuse as a child had someone in the house with significant substance abuse problems, such as a consumer of illegal drugs, an alcoholic, or someone engaged in the abuse of prescription medicines. In fact, if the parents were engaged in alcohol or substance abuse problems, the odds of alcoholism and drug abuse increased 2-10 fold for their children, compared to adults whose parents did not consume drugs or alcohol.

Parental substance abuse is considered to be one of the major factors for substance use disorders in their children, including drug dependence, drug abuse and consumption of tobacco. As per research, children whose parents engaged in substance abuse were at higher risks of being diagnosed with anxiety and / or depression.

22% of the adults had seen violence around them at least once during their childhood and 13% of the adults were living with people who suffered from depression or other mental illness, which included people with suicidal thoughts. Also, 12% of the adults said that they lived with people who were not only involved in the criminal justice system, but had served time or were sentenced to serve time at a correctional facility.  Adults who had witnessed domestic violence were also categorized as having experienced abuse as a child and these children were more likely to show signs of anxiety, depression, aggression, anger, problems in interpersonal relationships, self-esteem, delinquency and were more likely to be subject to substance abuse. Women who had witnessed domestic abuse as a child were also more likely to get victimized in their future adult relationships. Due to this re-victimization, women who witnessed abuse as a child are also at greater risk of undergoing depression or post-traumatic stress disorder in their adulthood. Children who witness domestic abuse as a child also experience other problems as they tend to escape from their homes (juvenile runaways), thereby increasing their chances of injury, victimization, substance use, prostitution, homelessness and physical illness.

The reports of Shelby County for studies to assess the abuse as a child were similar to studies conducted elsewhere. 23% of the adults in Shelby County admitted that they had endured emotional and verbal abuse as a child, thereby accounting for the most frequent type of abuse as a child. 20% of the adults encountered sexual abuse as a child and 14% of them endured physical abuse as a child.

Emotional abuse and verbal abuse have resulted in a negative impact on the psychological well being of the child. Victims of emotional abuse and verbal abuse are more likely to be diagnosed with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress during their adulthood. Children who endured abuse as a child of any kind are more likely to have long term adverse impacts on their mental and physical health. They are highly vulnerable to abuse at later stages of life and are also more likely to endure other emotional and physical problems. As a result of enduring adverse effects related to abuse as a child, adults are prone to depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, indulgence in harmful activities, being in unstable relationships and having a pessimistic view of life, which takes a long term toll on both their physical and mental health.

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.  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 to promote recovery from abuse suffered as child that contributes to depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders as an adult.  In fact, our Intensive Outpatient Program in Memphis, TN that has been proven to be effective in childhood traumas and the treatment of the resulting emotional disorders as adults.   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 suffering from childhood abuse often experience depression and anxiety differently and therefore the presence of depression or anxiety may also appear differently based on gender. If you or a loved one is showing signs of depression or anxiety, including PTSD, 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.