Sexual abuse

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What is sexual abuse?

Sexual abuse is unwanted sexual activity, with perpetrators using force, making threats or taking advantage of victims not able to give consent.

Common symptoms reported by people with sexual abuse

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with sexual abuse

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
Depressed mood (10) sexual abuse (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
9
Tried for
sexual abuse (7) Stress (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
Depressed mood (9) Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
Anxious mood (8) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Depressed mood (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Anxious mood (6) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Anxious mood (6) sexual abuse (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Insomnia (7) Depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Pain (3) Insomnia (1)

Data from patients with sexual abuse, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with sexual abuse

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Nausea and vomiting
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
Depressed mood (10) sexual abuse (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for sexual abuse (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
sexual abuse (7) Stress (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Confusion Fatigue 3 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
Depressed mood (9) Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Bipolar depressive episodes Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 2 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
Anxious mood (8) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Decreased sex drive (libido) Tremor(s)
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
Depressed mood (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Fast heart rate (tachycardia) 4 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
Anxious mood (6) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Addiction Better sleep
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
Anxious mood (6) sexual abuse (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness restless legs syndrome
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
Insomnia (7) Depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Cognitive impairment Dizziness 2 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
Pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
tension headache
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Pain (3) Insomnia (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with sexual abuse, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has sexual abuse on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 11
20s 53
30s 104
40s 130
50s 108
60s 47
70+ 9
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 125
20-29 years 18
30-39 years 2
40-49 years 1
50-59 years 0
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

87% Female
13% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 168
Not Diagnosed 40

These charts show data from sexual abuse patients who have completed their condition history
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