Dealing with an Abusive Relationship Head On: Get Advice from the Experts
You’ll find plenty of articles online telling you exactly what you need to do if you’re in an abusive relationship. While these authors are well-meaning, the reality is that no two people are in the exact same situation. What may work for one person, and what may be safe for one person, either won’t work or won’t be safe for another. That’s why we suggest one solution for everyone: getting individualized help from a domestic violence counselor.
Do you know what your symptoms are?
It’s common for people in abusive relationships to believe that the entirety of their symptoms are alleviated when they leave the abuse situation. Unfortunately this is rarely the case. The truth is that people who’ve been through these situations are at risk for a wide number of symptoms including:
- Emotional fallout like being unable to trust, fear of intimacy, and sexual issues.
- Physical symptoms like aches and pains, headaches, and even central nervous system issues.
- Mental health issues including depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Another huge risk is that the person who gets out of the abusive relationship will get back in another one – or return to the partner they left. The reality is that there is such a thing as a cycle of abuse. A person who deals with ongoing abuse can have their brain literally re-programmed to respond to the abuse in a way they don’t emotionally think is appropriate. A counselor can help you move past these issues.
There is help out there: Domestic violence counseling
There are a few things we wish everyone understood about domestic abuse: it doesn’t always involve physical violence; it can be sexual and / or emotional abuse too; you can get help if it only happens once or if it’s happened a million times; your counselor is not going to judge you.
At Thriveworks Athens Counseling & Coaching we are here for one reason: to help you. We won’t push you. We won’t force you. We will listen to you and offer suggestions on how you can move forward to live the healthy, happy life you deserve.