Effects of Domestic Violence and Abuse on Mental Health

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Effects of Domestic Violence and Abuse on Mental Health

by exulthealth

by exulthealth

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or background. Studies have shown that people who are survivors of domestic violence and abuse may develop mental health problems or have their pre-existing mental illnesses worsened. The impact of going through this trauma can last long past the end of the abusive relationship. Some of the effects of domestic violence and abuse on mental health can include

  • Depression and Anxiety
    • Increases or New Development
  • Trust Issues
  • Exhaustion and/or Insomnia
  • Panic Attacks & Hypervigilance
    • Hypervigilance¬†–¬†constantly on edge for any signs of danger
  • PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Flashbacks & Nightmares
  • Doubting Sanity
    • Usually a result of gas-lighting¬†– a technique of psychological manipulation that makes the person doubt their own sanity
  • Self-Harm
  • Suicidal Thoughts/Attempts

Because of these effects, people who are going through or have survived domestic violence, abuse, or other trauma may need specialized care when seeking mental health help. Many people have found the help they need through medication and therapy. At Exult Healthcare, we have therapists who specialize in trauma counseling among other specializations. You or your loved ones do not have to suffer alone. Contact us for more information today.

Source: “Women’s experiences of Domestic Violence and Abuse” healthtalk.org

Gabby Lundy, Exult Healthcare

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