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Coping with Sexual Anorexia and Aversion
by Rob Jackson, MS, LPC, LMHC, NCC
Note: Given the brevity of the article, it is not possible to cover all the facets of this disorder. Anyone suspecting he or she has this condition is strongly encouraged to speak with a professional counselor.
A review of the long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) is sobering. Research has identified numerous detrimental effects:
* low self-esteem,
* social and economic failure,
* social insecurity and isolation,
* difficulties with intimacy,
* sexual problems,
* substance abuse,
* eating disorders,
* post traumatic stress,
* an increased likelihood of being taken advantage of by a sexual predator,
* a sense of helplessness, and
* an increased likelihood of being raped or being the victim of domestic violence.
The apparent common denominator in these conditions is the profound injury done to one’s ability to trust and attach to another human being.
While it is generally recognized that abused males have a more difficult recovery from CSA, I find there are two conditions that are more prevalent among female survivors. These conditions are sexual anorexia and sexual aversion disorder.
You may be more familiar with the type of anorexia that occurs when a person, usually a young woman, obsesses over how to avoid food. Over time, this condition can lead to numerous health concerns – and can even be fatal, as shown by the 1983 death of singer Karen Carpenter. This condition has a parallel known as sexual anorexia.
Sexual anorexia occurs when a person – again, most often a woman – fails to possess a healthy, sexual desire. This person will most likely be unaware of the hidden drivers that compel her behaviors. These victims can be in otherwise loving marriages, but have no interest in expressing any type of sexuality. They will often fail to initiate sexual contact, but usually report that once sex is underway, they are able to enjoy the exchange.
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