Last updated on 30th August 2009
Here are half a dozen studies on the long-term effects of various forms of abuse & deprivation. Paras et al systematically reviewed the association between a history of sexual abuse and a lifetime diagnosis of a somatic disorder. They found significant links with functional gastrointestinal disorders, nonspecific chronic pain, psychogenic seizures, and chronic pelvic pain. When analysis was restricted to studies where sexual abuse was defined as rape, they also found an association with fibromyalgia. Abstracts and links, for this research paper and the further papers described, can be found lower down this page.