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Can You Achieve Strong Mental Health And Relationships After Abuse?

This article includes the mention of abuse. If you or someone you know is or might be undergoing abuse, make sure to reach out for help.

Abuse is never excusable or justifiable. It can affect anyone, and unfortunately, if you have encountered abuse in a romantic partnership, you aren’t on your own. Sadly, abuse in romantic partnerships is not uncommon, and it can have lasting effects that influence your wellbeing, relationships, and other areas of life. With this in mind, some wonder if it’s possible to have positive relationships and mental health after abuse. Today, we will discuss the effects a person may face and how one who meets these concerns can have a bright future moving forward.

Domestic Violence: Statistics and Impacts

According to the Global Database on Violence against Women, 40.7% of women in Kenya undergo physical or sexual intimate partner violence (IPV) during their lifetime. It’s crucial to note, however, that individuals of any gender can face these forms of abuse. Financial dependence and other factors, like having a family together or the promise of change, may make it challenging to leave in the presence of domestic violence or similar situations. Those who face domestic violence may be at a higher risk of any of the following:

  • Digestive distress and conditions such as IBS
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Medical conditions impacting the heart
  • Depressive disorders and symptoms
  • Substance use disorders*

Some individuals who encounter domestic violence also experience or receive a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Hypervigilance, feelings of guilt or self-blame, increased irritability, trouble sleeping, intrusive distressing memories, changes in mood, and flashbacks, are some but not all of the possible symptoms. Treatment is available for PTSD, and it is also proven helpful for the condition. This is part of why we know that healing is possible. If you face any of these symptoms, it’s important to reach out for help. If you want to learn more about the effects of abuse and recovery, you can find free articles online through websites like BetterHelp. While online resources aren’t a replacement for individual help or crisis care, some people find that learning about how abuse affects others makes them feel less alone. It may also be your first step toward getting to a place where asking for support after abuse feels possible.

*Research demonstrates that treatment can address substance use disorders effectively. If you or someone else you know lives with a substance use disorder, seek information from local resources today.

Can You Achieve Strong Mental Health And Relationships After Abuse?

Abuse is not your fault, nor are the potential impacts of abuse. Though abuse can have serious impacts on a person’s social, emotional, and psychological wellbeing, it is possible to find healing and build healthy relationships moving forward. Learning about abuse warning signs, having individuals in your life to talk with who have been through similar experiences, such as those in a support group for people who have faced abuse, and speaking with a mental health provider such as a therapist, may be beneficial. No matter who you are, it’s okay to experience difficult moments, and looking for help does not make you weak. Talk therapy from a professional therapist or counselor can help you manage or reduce symptoms, navigate relationships once you’re ready, and work on anything else you want to discuss.

Marie Miguel Biography

Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.

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