The Effects of Child Abuse

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Thesis: What effects does psychological abuse have on children? I. Emotional effects
Low self esteem
Sensitivity to criticism
Social withdrawal
Excessive preoccupation with personal problems
B. Depression
General sadness
Increase/decrease in appetite
Fatigue/loss of energy
Thoughts of death/suicide
General feeling of sickness
Feeling of being detached from the world
Unable to think clearly
Fear of dying
D. Aggression
Physically/verbally attacks others
Causes injury to themselves /others
E. Personality disorders
Stormy relationships
Social isolation
Trust issues
Need for instant gratification
II. Behavioral effects
Problems in school
Making friends
Getting along with others
Understanding school work
B. Engaging in drug/ alcohol abuse
Trying drugs
C. Suicide
D. Eating disorders
E.Criminal behavior
F. Abusing others
III. Physical effects
Insomnia/ nightmare
Startled easily
Racing heartbeat
Aches and pains
Difficulty concentrating
Edginess or agitation
Muscle tension

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Effects of Psychological Abuse
Psychological abuse is considered to be verbal abuse, extreme punishment, corruption, and lack of affection. Psychological abuse is not only one of the most common types of child abuse, but it is also considered to be one of the most hurtful. The question is—what effects does psychological abuse have on children? There are many consequences of psychological abuse, and most if not all of these effects are long term. Children can be emotionally affected by psychological abuse. One emotional effect of psychological abuse could be low self esteem. A child with low self esteem brought on by this abuse may have sensitivity to criticism, bouts of hostility, withdrawal from...
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