It is just as important for partners to talk through their emotional states as it is for victims, she says.
Tobias recommends checking with local associations of licensed psychologists and psychiatrists for referrals.
Partners should be especially understanding with abuse survivors, who can at times lash out for no apparent reason.
But partners can go along to therapy sessions, if invited, as a show of support.Not everyone who was abused as a child reacts as Haney does, preferring casual sex.But she's far from alone, according to a survey of 1,032 college students published in the November 1999 issue of the Journal of Sex Research.She has had just two serious romantic relationships in her life.She admits she is more comfortable with casual flings, partly because the closer she gets to a man emotionally, the less she wants to have sex with him.Hepatitis C is a contagious liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). As with many infections, HCV lives in blood and bodily fluids.You can contract hepatitis C by coming into direct contact with an infected person’s blood.But others may have a sudden loss of desire, says Bette Marcus, Ph D, a Rockville, Md., psychologist.She recalls a patient who, two years into her marriage, began having flashbacks of sexual assaults at the hands of her stepfather.When those abused as children try to form adult romantic relationships, they can be affected by anxiety, depression, and poor self-esteem.Some have no sexual desire; others may have a high sex drive.