The Effects of Abuse (physical, sexual, emotional)
If you have some or many of the following symptoms you are likely to be an abuse victim:
- Fear, grief, nervous anxiety, ‘walking on broken glass’, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, paranoia, dread and anger.
- Loss or increase of.
- Loss of creativity and joy
- Depression, no interest in personal goals, loss of enthusiasm, loss of zest for life, possible loss of will to live.
- Inhibited self expression
- Loss of interest in appearance, not comfortable in public, wishing members of the opposite sex didn’t exist, fear of what you say and do around people, agoraphobia, social disinterest, fear of body image, decreased libido.
- Self-destructive behaviour
- Abuse of alcohol or drugs, promiscuity, feeling ‘addicted’ to abusive partner, suicidal thoughts or attempts.
- Rarely see family or friends, mostly stay home, not allowed to go out on own, panicking if held back at work or running late for home.
- Decreased coping skills
- Loss of decision-making ability, feel despair, rage or panic. Being overwhelmed. Bursting into tears, feeling numb.
- Physical problems
- Adrenaline rushes, lowered immune systems, continual body aches, exhaustion, hyper-vigilance, hormone imbalances, migraines, backache, having accidents etc.
- Sleeping patterns
- Insomnia or over-sleeping.
- Focus on abusive partner
- Obsessing over what he’s thinking, feeling and doing, and formulating how you can employ tactics to reduce the abuse.
- No longer knowing what to believe, doubting the reality of your life and environment.
- Loss of faith in self
- Letting yourself down by continually forgiving and allowing abusive behaviour, losing boundary function, false hope, other people losing faith in you, inability to provide yourself with safety and stability.
- Irrational behaviour
- Trying to control the uncontrollable, hysteria, feeling and acting manically, ‘losing your mind.’