The Major Cause of PNES
When I think about those who suffer from PNES I think first of ending sexual abuse. This is because sexual abuse is the cause of PNES in most cases. It was the cause of my wife’s PNES and has been shown in countless studies to be the main cause. It’s a painful and difficult subject of course and this is the reason it’s often not discussed or acknowledged. We focus on treatments and less on prevention.
The traumatic sexual abuse of children is a leading cause of PNES as well as many other disorders. PNES are a symptom of a form of PTSD that is characterized by chronic, long lasting abuse according to psychiatrist Judith Herman. PNES happen because of abuse and trauma that is life threatening in nature. Children who are traumatically and sexually abused cannot perceive that the abuse may not cause the end of their lives. PNES are a defense mechanism against the prospect of dying.
As a human society we need to end sexual abuse, in all its forms, now. This includes sexual violence against children and women and the trafficking and overall sexualization of them that is everywhere. We can do this only be stopping those who abuse and rape women and children. And let’s be clear, sexualization and exploitation is abuse.
Caring and Understanding
To understand the horrible effects of sexual abuse, either personally or through connection with survivors, is to understand how devastating the abuse is. In my opinion, except for murder, there is nothing more terrible than one human being can do to another than to sexual or physically abuse a child. This includes sexual and physical abuse, rape and torture. It is indeed what I would call human evil.
Please devote some time to this subject so that we can all be aware of how it impacts our society. We talk about depression and PTSD and addiction. These are often the result of abuse. We need to see the horrible causes of disorders and not simply call them diseases which may have the effect of not seeing that it is of human origin.
How We Can Stop It
We must do all in our power to prevent those who would abuse and rape children. This includes speaking out against them publically and advocating for more prioritization of preventing these crimes by law enforcement. It also requires severe punishment. This can be by implementing the mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Those who are opposed to the death penalty need not be concerned. And those who want to prevent these monsters from ever harming children again can be more at ease.
We must accept that these monsters do not change or recover and are a constant threat to our children. No more hiding from the truth. The time for action is now.