A Relationship Between Bipolar Disorder and Childhood Sexual Abuse

1298 Words Jun 11th, 2013 6 Pages
Virginia Quintana
HSM 120 Fall 2, 2013
Research Paper

A Relationship between Bipolar Disorder and Childhood Sexual Abuse

Ever felt extremely happy one day and terribly depressed the next, as if you were on an emotional roller coaster? How about spontaneously spending $5,000 on a shopping spree that you have no use for? Imagine being so depressed that you want to commit suicide because dinner was not the meal you had in mind. Each of these actions may seem completely farfetched to the average person; however, actions similar to these are a reality for nearly 5.8 million adults in the United States that suffer from an illness called bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder, historically referred to as manic depressive illness, is an
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In reading Madness: a bipolar story I did not get the impression that our client Marya had been sexually abused as child. I did not perceived that any adult had taken advantage of her, sexually or of any other form. While sexual abuse can be hard to detect, especially in children because the abuse often occurs in secrecy and there is not always any physical evidence of the abuse, some child sexual abuse survivors may show symptoms of Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They may behave in a nervous, upset way and may have nightmares. Another symptom many be reenactment of the abuse in their play time. They mmay show fear and constant worry. Young children may lose skills they once learned and act younger than they are. For example, an abused child might start wetting the bed or sucking their thumb. Some sexual abuse survivors show out-of-place sexual behaviors that are not expected in a child. They may act seductive or they may not maintain safe limits with others. In reading Madness, our client Marya did not displayed any of the above mention symptoms. As a result of a study from The British Journal of Psychiatry named Impact of

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