One of the least shocking yet most worrying consequences of child abuse is depression. Victims of child abuse are prone to suffer from this disease at some time in their lives, either in recurrent episodes or long lines.

The reason I do not think this is surprising, because it is sensible to put it overtly. As a child, your brain continues to develop, so abuse introduces an influx of stress hormones, which potentially can change and rewire your brain in an abnormal way. I am not a psychologist or a scientist, but even as a simple high-school students, I can clearly see the long-term negative effects of child abuse.

Removes the scientific aspect of the addiction and focuses on the social angle, it remains clear how child abuse causes depression. A myriad, while a majority of child abuse offenders are related to their respective offerings. Loneliness and social isolation are key concepts of depression – and isn’t it true that your family is supposed to always be there for you? To listen to you and accept you as who you are? Some children have unfortunately not that luxury. As a result, they suffer physically and mentally.

Although I had a blast on the cruise I went on recently, I immediately felt sad again when I returned home to some members of my family. To remedy this I began to read The Depression Cure: the 6-step program to Beat Depression without drugs by Stephen s. Ilardi. Here is a quote I stumbled upon the right in the beginning (page 32):

“Similarly, protective presence of beloved – as our ancestors lived for the better part of each day – gives the brain a strong, primal signal that we’re probably not longer in any immediate danger, so it ratchets down stress response accordingly.”

This offer provides evidence why victims of abuse have irregular stress patterns. I am sure that others can relate to me when I say that I feel like I’m in imminent danger in a “protective presence of beloved”, and that my “stress response” actually shoots skyward in this period.

I digress. It is important to remember that the victims of child abuse in spite of what I have written here is not helpless in the face of despair. I have read, I run, I write, and I am doing many other things to combat depression. It is not easy, but it is not impossible.

Monte Oz

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