Domestic abuse can have lifelong effects for those who don’t seek counseling. The initial feelings during or after abuse often include isolation, fear, anger, and embarrassment. Domestic abuse counseling can help you move past these feelings and through longer-term consequences as well.
You may not be aware of the extent of your symptoms
There’s no question that the actual abuse is painful and difficult but there can be symptoms you don’t recognize as part of the cycle of abuse. Victims often feel anxious and can even develop posttraumatic stress. Remember that these conditions can feel different than you expect. They could show themselves as chest pains, aches and pains, and sweating. They can mimic the symptoms you’d have if you were having a heart attack.
When to see your doctor and when to see a counselor
If you’re having chest pains or other pains that worry you, the right next move is to contact your physician. However, once they’ve ruled out a problem with your heart and have confirmed that you’re dealing with anxiety and / or panic disorders, then it’s time to speak to a counselor. There may be a medication that can help in the short-term but to move forward long-term, counseling is your best bet.
Other side effects of domestic abuse
There can be other side effects of domestic abuse including depression, suicidal thoughts, sexual issues, fear of emotional or physical intimacy, and a tendency to keep people in their life at arm’s distance. These symptoms can impact ever relationship in your life. They can make it hard to develop or maintain relationships with family, friends, and co-workers.
The good news is that there is help. Thriveworks Charlotte Counseling & Coaching is your next step. Let us walk you through this frightening process. While it may feel overwhelming to handle these issues on your own, when you have the help of an experienced counselor it will be less scary and you’ll have a clear path forward. You don’t have to live with the pain or shame anymore. Get help and learn how to finally move forward.