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Domestic Violence and Mental Health (Part 3)

Domestic Violence and Metal Health

 

Domestic violence is an issue that affects many people. In fact, it is estimated that one in four women and one in seven men will experience domestic violence during their lifetime. Domestic abuse often has long-lasting effects on the victims, including mental health issues like depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and substance use problems. Let’s take a closer look at domestic violence and the lasting effects.

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Mental health issues are very common in survivors of domestic violence, as well as those who witness it.

Mental health issues are very common in survivors of domestic violence, as well as those who witness it. In fact, the psychological impact of domestic violence can be so overwhelming that many people with a history of experiencing or witnessing it may experience symptoms similar to those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

One of the most common mental health issues among survivors of domestic violence is depression. Depression is a serious mental health issue that affects millions of people in Canada, but it’s also highly treatable with coaching, counselling and sometimes medication. If you are a victim of abuse, you should seek help. Seek help immediately if you are experiencing symptoms that are interfering with your day-to-day life, causing pain, or making it difficult for you to function normally.

Many survivors describe how their mental health issues affected every aspect of their lives. These issues often include:

  • Flashbacks to the abusive situation and other traumatic events
  • Anxiety and panic attacks that occur without warning or provocation
  • Disturbing dreams about being harmed by intimate partners
  • Fearfulness – even if there is no immediate threat present
  • Agoraphobia – the victim may no longer feel safe anywhere but their home.
  • Severe depression can occur without warning.
  • Eating disorders due to the long-lasting self esteem issues
  • OCD behaviours can occur as way to cope with a lose of control.
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If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, we hope this article inspires you to get out and seek help. It is important to remember there is always a way to get out and you are not alone. You should seek help as quickly as possible; studies have shown that early intervention is key to decreasing the long-term impact of domestic violence.

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