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, fatigue, pain, and stress) 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
8
Tried for
depressed mood (8) sexual abuse (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
7
Tried for
sexual abuse (6) stress (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
depressed mood (6) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
depressed mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Type
Other
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (3) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3) depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3) anxious mood (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3) depressed mood (3)
3 more

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
5
Tried for
depressed mood (8) sexual abuse (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for sexual abuse (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
sexual abuse (6) stress (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
confusion fatigue 2 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (6) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido)
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
depressed mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
hunger increased appetite 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
anxious mood (3) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3) depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (3) anxious mood (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
nausea
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3) depressed mood (3)
3 more
  • 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 5
20s 55
30s 112
40s 141
50s 109
60s 85
70+ 13

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 73
Female 448

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