This reminds me of something I read that childhood abuse may be a cause of Adult Attention Deficit Disorder. They theory was that a child develops a pattern of thinking about anything not related to the abuse to separate themselves from what was happening. This pattern of thinking about multiple random things, all at the same time imprints on the brain for life and becomes ADD. Interesting theory, but not yet proven. http://www.zocdoc.com/answers/4618/can-childhood-abuse-cause-attention-deficit-in-adults http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1934403/
(I don't know why the above study was only on girls.)
I just realized that I "ADD'd" by reading your post and diverting to another topic.
"The sexual abuse and exploitation of children is one of the most vicious crimes conceivable, a violation of mankind's most basic duty to protect the innocent." ~James T. Walsh