Sex abuse walks hand in hand with “mental illness” according to study

Sexual abuse victims make likely targets for mental health professionals according to Mayo Clinic researchers. Such anyway is my take on a post at Psych Central, Mental Disorders Often Follow Sexual Abuse.

Researchers have discovered that a history of sexual abuse is frequently linked with a lifetime diagnosis of multiple psychiatric disorders.

Sexual abuse victims then make good chronic sufferers of multiple mental disorders. I wince, maybe if they didn’t make such good chronic sufferers, hope for recovery (re: resilience) would be more conceivable to them.

Findings presented in the July issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings link a history of sexual abuse with suicide attempts, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders, depression, and eating and sleep disorders.

The victim role has long had its advocates. By way of antidote, I would suggest studying human resilience, and then looking at what might separate non-resilient humanity from their more resilient kin. Victimization, after all, need not be such a terminal condition.

Researchers also explored why some abuse survivors do not experience psychiatric symptoms and suggest that genetic variability may confer a level of protection.

Here’s where the story goes way off.

I imagine that the reason why they look to “genetic variability” is because one of the leading schools of psychiatry has tunnel vision. Theory has it psychiatric disorders have to do with bad genes, therefore, when sexual abuse is involved, other explanations fall by the wayside, and succumb to the prevailing theory.

They’re making a leap here, and it’s a leap that simply disregards alternate explanations, or any potential antithesis.

I’m thinking, dogma.