A PATIENT WHO CHANGED MY LIFEBMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7051.210 (Published 27 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:210
- Willie Angus
- Adult survivors of child sexual abuse
The year was 1988. Pamela—not her real name—had just had her first baby, a beautiful healthy little girl. From being vivacious and happy Pamela became morose and tearful. There was no doubt that she had developed postnatal depression. In the days that followed it became apparent that there were underlying fears and anxieties that I had not uncovered. These centred around mistrust and sexual concerns. For the first time I asked the patient if she had been sexually abused as a child. To my …
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