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Why Sexual Assault Triggers Mental Health Disorders

Sexual Assault Has Lasting Negative Effects on Survivors

Sexual assault is a traumatic event, and the after-effects pose many problems for a survivor's overall well-being. The emotional toll on sexual assault survivors is severe. Read on to learn more about the most common psychological issues and how survivors can get help.

Psychological Issues After A Sexual Assault

After an assault, a survivor typically has anxious thoughts, feelings of depression, guilt and fears people or places they didn’t have before the assault. These feelings can make it difficult to adjust or cope after a trauma. As well, each survivor experiences their emotions differently, and while this is not an exhaustive list, some common issues spoken of by Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) that may arise include:

  • Panic attacks, sudden and intense feelings of fear where there is no immediate danger.
  • Eating disorders caused by body dysmorphia due to the assault.
  • Sleep disorders, such as sleeping for longer than usual or having trouble falling asleep.
  • Dissociation, where the brain cannot cope with the events and detaches itself from the real world.

How to Get Help After Sexual Assault

For many people, the psychologicial impact can persist for a lifetime after the event. A place to start is simply by speaking out when ready. Survivors of sexual assault can feel isolated and alone more acutely than many realize. By sharing their stories, they can begin the healing process needed to return to their place before their assault. Speaking to a mental health professional, trusted friend, or family member is an essential first step. Working with a trained mental health professional can also do much in the way of becoming mentally healthy again.

Our Team is Here to Help

After a sexual assault, it may feel like there is no one you can trust. The team at KMD Law has experience working with survivors and can help you understand the available options. We work with a high degree of confidentiality so you can feel comfortable during every step of the legal process.

Contact us today at (833) 456-3529 for a free consultation.