Friday, 23 August 2013

History of Sexual Abuse May Increase Suicide Risks


Drug users who have been subjected to emotional or sexualabuse during childhood may be susceptible to a high risk of suicide or suicidal fantasies as adults. That information comes from a new study that was conducted in Vancouver, Canada, and analyzed more than 1,600 drug users.
The analysis found that drug users, who had a history of physical or sexual abuse in their childhood, had a much higher risk of suicide attempts. In all these cases, the sexual abuse ranged from severe to extreme abuse.
However, interestingly enough, if the abuse was less severe in intensity, it did not necessarily boost the risk of suicide as adults. According to the research, less severe physical or emotional or sexual abuse did not result in any significant increase in suicide risks.
According to the research, as many as 80 of the participants reported that they had made 97 suicide attempts. That is a rate that is five times higher than the suicide rate in the general population. Persons, who had suffered severe to extreme childhood sexual abuse, were much more likely to have attempted suicide. The rate among these persons was 2.9 to 3.5 times higher for emotional abuse, and 2.5 to 2.8 times higher for sexual abuse. In the case of physical abuse, the rate was between 1.62 to twice as high as for the general population.
The researchers recommend that doctors screen for sexual or emotional abuse in a person's history, and intervene whenever the person's history suggests extreme or severe childhood sexual abuse.
A history of sexual abuse can be extremely traumatic for a person. He or she may need years of psychiatric counseling and therapy to recover, and even then, the emotional scars may never completely heal. While no amount of compensation can make up for the trauma, a sexual abuse lawsuit can help a victim recover

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