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Child Sex Abuse

My wife is a victim of repetitive sex abuse (molestation) in childhood at the age of 8-10yrs. After knowing her ordeals, have given even kind of mental support. But she tends to relive those moments and gets into a shell and finally breaks down into tears. What should be the Dos & Don'ts?
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Dr. Naresh Vadlamani
23 yrs. of exp | Hyderabad | Psychiatrist

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it takes 2-3years if regular weekly visits of counseling or psychotherapy for her to recover completely and lead a near normal life. Normally, many people drop initially or even midway. very rarely to people complete the therapy. hence many people continue to suffer including their family members
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Dr. Divya Shree K.R
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Hello, Sexual abuse is one of the unfortunate  ordeals many children face I  our country. It can lead to a lot of long term psychological  problems which persists through adulthood. However with a supportive, sensitive relationship the victims will heal. Being supportive and understanding as in any trauma is adequate.  She can see a therapist for some trauma focused  work if she is finding it very difficult  to deal with  it on a day to day basis.
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