Abuse causes the deepest level of mental health issue. And, it affects a large number of people at the deepest level. As a result, they start seeing the world as it is. This usually takes the form of lower self-image and eventually a person's ability to trust. An abusive relationship can happen at any time in your life - in relationships, during childhood or teenage years. Basically, abuse is when someone misuses power and control over others or uses force and manipulation. The main problem of abusive relationships is that they remain hidden for years.
To help you understand better, here are the different forms of abuse:
This kind of abuse is usually related to destruction and violence.
Sex without consent is a form of sexual abuse. Usually children and teens are not capable of giving consent. Therefore, if someone has forced you in the past to have intimate relationship, or watch pornography, it is a form of sexual abuse. Ask yourself if you have participated in any kind of sexual experience that you were not comfortable with. Seek help.
Have you been ignored by your partner? Or, experienced taunting, insulting, yelling, blaming, or threatening? Have you been in a marriage in which you experienced accusing or labelling before your divorce?
Has your partner or your guardian withheld financial information from you? Have they created dependency?
Now to understand about abuse and when to seek help, such as abuse counselling, you need to understand the psychological effects it has on your mental health:
With time, the people who have suffered abuse in the past may develop fear of the situations that remind them of their abuse experiences. Sleeplessness and panic attacks are the most common effects in survivors of abuse.
Survivors of abuse can develop anger at being abused. Sometimes, the situation gets worse and they can get angry at themselves for being abused. A counsellor will help you manage your anger in a constructive way.
A survivor might experience feelings of sadness, loneliness and emptiness because of which they can struggle to enjoy life’s day-to-day activities.
Irritability and mood swings are other common effects of abuse.
You might struggle with physical intimacy or might experience problems in building or keeping up relationships.
Nightmares, flashbacks or other symptoms of PTSD are quite common in victims of abuse.
Survivors of abuse can develop addiction issues like drug and alcohol abuse, burn or cut themselves, suicidal, or neglect personal hygiene.
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At OnlineCounselling4U, we give full assurance on confidentiality. In a safe and non-judgemental space, our counselling sessions can help you restore your self esteem by reflecting on the past abusive relationship, childhood sexual abuse, overcoming relationship abuse or incidents of domestic violence, and even family abuse.
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At OnlineCounselling4U, our counsellors will validate and legitimise your story and help you understand the history of your abuse. Remember, you are not guilty.
A survivor of abuse can develop intense negative feelings, anxiety, flashbacks and trust issues. It can have an impact on your ability to find happiness.
The effects of abuse are not permanent. Therefore, a therapist will help you overcome challenges and address your issues to bring about the change.
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