What are the lasting effects of sexual violence? In this episode of #ResilientLivingTV we will look at the three main effects and how lives are changed forever.
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EFFECTS OF SEXUAL TRAUMA
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When it comes to sexual violence, the bruises are on the inside -Sexual, Physical, emotional, or mental abuse can have a profound effect on your overall well-being. The trauma can even trigger clinical depression, a serious mental health disorder.
EFFECTS OF SEXUAL TRAUMA
It’s normal for survivors to have feelings of sadness, unhappiness, and hopelessness. If these feelings persist for an extended period of time, it may be an indicator of depression. Depression is not a sign of weakness and it’s not something you should be expected to “snap out of.” It’s a serious mental health condition and survivors can often benefit from the help of a professional.
My story of depression begins with 6 months of crying myself to sleep. I felt alone until finally, I realized that that was no way to continue on.
If you have symptoms of depression for more than 2 weeks, then you may want to see a doctor. Don’t let it persist. Get help.
A flashback is when the memories feel as if they are taking place in the current moment. It’s difficult to realize that it is not real. Because of someone experiencing a flashback, it is as if they are experiencing it all over again and that the person who caused the pain is present.
At first, flashbacks may seem random however, they can be triggered by something as simple as a smell or a tone of voice, how or where someone touches you.
There is help for flashbacks. Get help from a medical professional or there is brain rewiring therapy that does not involve pain. Because the trauma affects the brain and how it is wired, you can reverse it with treatment.
Until you can get help – Try these simple tips to help you through a flashback:
These steps will help take your attention from the flashback and help you relax. As you practice more you will get better at it.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is not just for the men and women of the military. It has been shown that survivors of sexual violence experience feelings of anxiety, stress, or fear.
PTSD – is an anxiety disorder resulting from a traumatic event. Survivors of any type of trauma, including sexual violence.
It is associated with extreme feelings of:
All of which make it difficult to function in everyday life.
There are three main symptoms of PTSD:
Re-experiencing: feeling like you are reliving the event through flashbacks, dreams, or intrusive thoughts
Avoidance: intentionally or subconsciously changing your behavior to avoid scenarios associated with the event or losing interest in activities you used to enjoy
Hyper-arousal: feeling “on edge” all of the time, having difficulty sleeping, being easily startled, or prone to sudden outbursts
Again if you feel you are experiencing PTSD, get help. It is not something you want to ignore for your own peace and happiness.
Ignoring your trauma can lead to:
You can find a list of services and hotlines on my site. The link is below and also RAINN – Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network is a valuable resource to understand more about sexual violence, child and adult victims, and statistics of sexual crimes.
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