How Does Abuse Affect A Person Later In Life?

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Julie Gregory was a sick child. She was in and out of the doctor’s office, and was in the hospital on several occasions. Her illnesses baffled the doctors. She was treated for a variety of sicknesses, but she always seemed to come down with yet another ailment. After enduring years of sickness and misdiagnosis, Julie finally figured out that it was her mother who was responsible for her suffering. Her mother suffered from Munchausen by Proxy. She was abusing Julie to gain attention and sympathy for herself. Julie was not suffering from chronic illness; she was suffering from chronic child abuse. Julie is not alone. Too often in the world today, children are abused, resulting in lasting emotional and physical scars. The question is, how does the pattern of abuse actually affect a person later in life? Julie sought help and seems to be on the road to recovery, but for some, the damage is ongoing.
One way an abused person is affected beyond the actual act of abuse is when they are forced out of their home environment and into the foster care system. When authority finds child abuse in a home, they often take the child away and place him/her into foster care. Sometimes, the child cannot be returned to the parents and he/she has to remain in foster care until someone decides to adopt them (A Childs Cry 1). In some cases, a child may not realize that they are being abused, so they love their abuser dearly and may have a false feeling of safety while near them. Then they would be taken against their will and be uncooperative to authority (A Childs Cry 1994). Sometimes the child does not ever get adopted and has to spend the rest of their lives until adulthood in foster care. This could affect someone’s personality and make them more bashful and shy (Mankiller 1)
Some childhood abuse situations lead to a lifetime of insecurities. If the child is just coming into a foster home, they could be timid around the strangers that they suddenly have to live with. When they live with them, they could be insecure and uneasy. They may not be able to control their emotions. They could be clingy and impulsive. Some people grow up with depression and anxiety. (Wylie 1) When “their ability to control emotions and impulses” are affected, school grades could drop and they would become unable to form relationships (Schulte 1). When people who have been abused begin to think that they are worth nothing, they could develop eating disorders, and they could begin forming habits of cutting, scratching, burning or biting their own skin (Wylie 1). When victims of abuse are told they are worthless, they tend to believe it. Therefore, they are especially vulnerable and are dangerously at risk of forming bad...

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