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Abuse Disorder Specialist

Muhammad Zeshan, MD -  - Child and Adult Psychiatric Care

Inside Out CURE

Muhammad Zeshan, MD

Child and Adult Psychiatric Care & ADHD Specialist located in Princeton, NJ

Experiencing physical or sexual abuse or neglect can increase your risk of developing mental health problems later in life. At Inside Out CURE, in Princeton, New Jersey, Muhammad Zeshan, MD, diagnoses and treats abuse and neglect disorders in-person and via telemedicine. He helps you to heal and develop the skills you need to thrive. For personalized mental health care, call Inside Out or schedule an appointment online today.

Abuse Disorder Q&A

What is an abuse/neglect disorder?

Abuse and neglect are devastatingly common. Every year, social workers across the United States evaluate around 4 million children for abuse or neglect. A third of women and a quarter of men experience some form of physical abuse from a partner. These experiences can trigger changes in your brain that increase your risk of developing an abuse-related mental health disorder, such as: 

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Substance abuse disorder

Abuse elevates your stress levels and makes you feel unsafe and unvalued. Studies show that long-term stress damages neurons and interferes with the development of new brain cells in your hippocampus. These physiological changes in your brain affect how you respond to stress later in life and increase your risk of mental health conditions. 

When should I talk to a doctor about abuse/neglect disorder?

Abuse-related mental health disorders cause a comprehensive range of disruptive and distressing symptoms, including:

  • Feeling sad, worthless, or hopeless
  • Intense feelings of anxiety
  • Isolation from other people
  • Lost interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Disrupted sleep
  • Irritability
  • Short temper
  • Reckless behavior

Everyone experiences these symptoms occasionally. However, if your symptoms persist for more than a couple of weeks or interfere with your ability to function, it’s time to ask for help.

How is abuse/neglect disorder treated?

Dr. Zeshan provides comprehensive, personalized care to help you thrive. He begins with an assessment of your mental health and medical history and may take a little longer than a regular appointment. It might feel like an interview as he asks many questions to get to know you and understand your needs. 

Dr. Zeshan creates your personalized treatment program, combining medication with counseling, lifestyle modifications, and other holistic therapies to address your specific needs. 

For example, medication can regulate your brain chemistry to alleviate some of your symptoms and provide mental clarity. You can focus on counseling and other treatments to explore and resolve your memories, thoughts, and emotions. For example, you might learn techniques to recognize negative thought patterns and change your emotional and behavioral responses. 

If you’re concerned about an abuse/neglect disorder, call Inside Out or schedule an appointment online today for compassionate treatment.