HELPING TO RECOGNIZE THE EFFECTS OF SEXUAL ABUSE & TRAUMA IN CALGARY
When it comes to sexual abuse and trauma, the aftermath involves much more than just dealing with the initial physical harm. With sexual abuse and trauma often inducing psychological and emotional distress for a survivor, the effects aren’t always easy to deal with. Subsequent effects can include:
- Depression – a debilitating mood disorder that changes how you think, feel and function in daily activities.
- Flashbacks – a sudden and disturbing vivid memory of an event in the past, feeling as if it’s currently taking place.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder – triggered by experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event, causing persistent mental and emotional stress.
- Self-harm – when a person inflicts physical harm on themselves, usually in secret, as a way to cope with emotional pain, intense anger and frustration.
- Substance abuse – using alcohol or drugs as an attempt to feel better or escape pain.
- Dissociation – a defense mechanism by the brain to cope, impairing the normal state of awareness and limits, or altering one’s sense of identity, memory or consciousness.
- Eating disorders – abnormal eating habits that negatively affect a person’s health including binge eating, anorexia and bulimia.
- Sleep disorders – caused when the body is overstimulated and can result in insomnia, bad dreams and daytime fatigue.
- Suicidal thoughts – thinking patterns ranging from a detailed plan to a fleeting consideration of ending one’s life.
However, the road to a healthy recovery can be achieved with the right help and support. For patient and compassionate care, call Liberty Counselling in Calgary to make an appointment. We offer flexible hours, and a personalized fee scale based on income.