Domestic Abuse Definition
- Recurrent memories of the tragic event.
- Reliving the event as it was happening again. Also, known as flashbacks.
- Upsetting dreams about the trauma.
- Severe emotional distress or physical reactions to something that reminds you of the event.
- Negative cahnges in thinking and mood.
- Feeling numb. (Also, a big symptom of mine.)
- Intensity of feelings
Domestic Abuse and PTSD
- One in every four women experience domestic violence at some point in their lives
- Every year, about 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by their partners
- 85% of domestic violence victims are women and 15% are men
- Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to police
- It is estimated that somewhere between 30 to 60% of abusers also abuse children in the household
- with women who have been absued (10.4%) twice as likely as men (5%) to develop PTSD.
- About 3.6 percent of U.S. adults aged 18 to 54 (5.2 million people) have PTSD during the course of a given year. This represents a small portion of those who have experienced at least one traumatic event; 60.7% of men and 51.2% of women reported at least one traumatic event.
- The most traumatic events for women are rape, sexual molestation, physical attack, being threatened with a weapon, and childhood physical abuse.
How to Get Better
- Cognitive Therapy
- Exposure Therapy
- EDMR Therapy
- You may try individual therapy, group therapy or both. Group therapy can offer a way to connect with others going through similar experiences.
- Medications will likely be a part of your treatment. Doctors prescribe a wide array of AntiDepressants. My doctor prescribed Effecor and it worked well.
Resources and References
Phone: (800) 273-TALK (8255)
Phone: (718) 351-1717
Phone: (207) 236-8858