Abuse, Trauma, and Mental Health
Abuse, whether physical, emotional, verbal, or sexual, can have long-term effects on your mental health. Trauma can affect how you feel about yourself and how you relate to others. Women who have gone through abuse or other trauma have a higher risk of developing a mental health condition, such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
How are abuse and trauma related to mental health?
Trauma can happen after you experience an event or events that hurt you physically or emotionally. Trauma can have lasting effects on your mental, physical, and emotional health. Experiencing abuse or other trauma puts people at risk of developing mental health conditions, such as:1
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Misusing alcohol or drugs
Borderline personality disorder
Abuse may have happened during childhood or as an adult. It can be emotional, verbal, physical, or sexual. Trauma can include dangerous, frightening, or extremely stressful situations or events, such as sexual assault, war, an accident or natural disaster, the sudden or violent death of a close loved one, or a serious physical health problem.
The long-term effects of abuse or trauma can include:2
Severe anxiety, stress, or fear
Abuse of alcohol or drugs
Trauma and abuse are never your fault. You can get help to heal the physical, mental, and emotional scars of trauma and abuse.
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