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Childhood Sexual Abuse & Defecation Problems

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I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. I already completed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy however I am still having issues with the feeling I get when defecating and when I have to defecate. I get uncontrollable anxiety and no one has told me how to deal with it. How do I deal with this issue? (From Japan)

Childhood Sexual Abuse & Defecation Problems

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My guess is that the abuse may be directly related to this issue. I’d strongly encourage you to get some therapy from someone who specializes in sexual abuse. This should complement the CBT work you’ve already done.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Childhood Sexual Abuse & Defecation Problems

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Childhood Sexual Abuse & Defecation Problems. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 22, 2019, from
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