?? If we generally look into the consequences of child abuse, the most frequently reported conditions are depression and post traumatic stress disorder. Such consequences triggers off a chain reaction in which the patient always has to gasp for breath dealing with difficult situations in life, his/her mental balance is more and more damaged with each of the episodes of such difficulties. A majority of child abuse victims come to a psychotherapist after growing up, after becoming adults. There is also of course the small group, where children are brought to the therapist soon after they experience abuse trauma. The approach has to be different while handling these two different situations. But in both situations, the aim of the therapist is to win them back the life resources and competencies that they have lost in the process of undergoing the traumatic experience. This includes helping them regain both the social and emotional skills in this realm. First the elements of the loss are identified, then the patient is convinced that he/she is capable of retrieving them, the third stage is to give constant support to the patient in the long process of redemption, and the last phase is to reinforce those retrieved skills into the routine life and though processes of the patient. It is a very challenging task, but rewarding as well.
The problem with the treatment of any kind of post-traumatic stress disorder is that the therapist has to find the proper balance between helping the client to emotionally recover from the trauma and at the same time helping him/her to develop the life resources and competencies as well. I have seen that as the competencies grow, the patient also is able to apply them immediately in recovering from the trauma. But as human mind is a complex mirage, you cannot totally wipe out childhood memories of a person. You cannot provide them with a clean slate altogether to begin with their lives again. So the key is in helping them view their trauma