The traditional approach which includes the medical model in Australia and in other parts of the world, is that recovery from sexual abuse is not possible. The medical model is largely influenced by their belief that once the brain or mind is broken, it can’t be fully recovered. This belief goes back around 400 years according to Norma Doidge in his book The Brain That Changes Itself and has formed the basis of beliefs to the present, even though neuroscience and epigenetics studies are showing this to be patently untrue.  With this old belief grew ways of managing symptoms with cognitive behavioural therapies accompanied by medication by the traditional medical model consisting of doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists and evidence-based research. The problem with this system is that it is largely a closed shop that researches only its own approaches and is therefore not interested and aware of the efficacy of other approaches.

Sexual abuse is a trauma that involves shock and the chemical and hormonal and chemical concoction of incomplete ‘fight and flight’ responses. This leads to deep damage to self-esteem for not being able to defend or stand up for themselves or fight off assault appropriately. They were robbed of their dignity and autonomy of a most intimate part of their physiology and mind in a case of violence, often betrayal and ultimate control. Such a person most often, holds the shame of the incident and often guilt too. With appropriate therapeutic approaches, this may be discharged and the brain may rewire. The good news is that it may take place relatively quickly over a few sessions. 

You can recover from sexual abuse. 

Help is available in person or online Details

This is part of a series of publications about 19 misconnections about Sexual abuse BY YILDIZ SETHI Details


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