Discussion of rape, sexual assault, incest, and the overwhelming impacts of these events have been highlighted in national news coverage recently following the passing of legislation regarding abortion policy. Recent movements that include #MeToo and #YouKnowMe have brought to light the tens of thousands of American women who have silently suffered these traumas in shame. While solidarity and comradery can help make it less shameful to bare these scars, it does little to reduce the mental health impacts or reduce guilt, stress, or anxiety. In fact, making oneself vulnerable by bearing previously kept secrets can let some pretty heavy demons escape. Some things you may be suffering include:
Rape Trauma Syndrome
Rape Trauma Syndrome is a series of reactions that follow an attempted or completed rape. This syndrome can affect anyone who was the intended victim of a sexual assault and may not occur right away. Similar to other trauma disorders, Rape Trauma Syndrome can have a wide range of effects, both acute and chronic.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is the general diagnosis for a person who has been a witness or victim of a traumatic event. PTSD can affect those who witness, know of, or were the victim of a rape, sexual assault, incest, or harassment. PTSD causes a survivor to have emotions that mimic those of the initial event that disrupt their daily lives.
Post Abortion Stress Syndrome
Post Abortion Stress Syndrome (PASS) is a series of reactions and overwhelming emotions experienced following an abortion. Whether the abortion was voluntary, forced, medical, or as a result of an assault, it can cause intense, and dangerous emotions.
If you have been the victim of sexual assault, incest, or have had an abortion and are silently suffering, get the help you need from a therapist who cares. Dr. Beth Firestein provides practical, non-judgmental therapy options for a variety of relationship and traumatic disorders. Get your life back with the help of a local, trusted therapist. Contact us to schedule your appointment today.