Anxiety Disorders: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Relating to Rape

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Anxiety disorders are considered an axis one disorder, There are five types of anxiety disorders, general anxiety disorder, anxiety disorder, and panic disorders, phobic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Post-traumatic stress disorder is defined by; An anxiety disorder that develops through exposure for a traumatic event, severely oppressive situations, severe abuse, and natural and unnatural disasters. The symptoms of PTSD are usually the following: Flashbacks in which the individual experiences flashbacks, impulsive outbreaks, the inability to experience emotions, often ones of joy, hard time concentrating, nervous feelings, trouble with sleep. PTSD generally lasts around 3-4 years, in some cases of PTSD symptoms can last up to 6 and half years after the traumatic expeirence. There is a chronic form of PTSD which is shown in about 30% of paitents, who will suffer these symptoms throughout their whole life. Post-traumatic stress disorder caused by rape can be seen in about 95% of victims within the following two weeks. 25% of victims can experience symptoms of PTSD for up to 5 years. The victims can go on to develop many other disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, panic disorders, eating disorders, and behavioral problems. Many victims need some form of therapy to help cope with their trauma. Some psychological symptoms caused by rape can be similar to those of depression. The victims can lose interest in their ever day activities and hobbies, they may experience fear of opposite sex, fear of nighttime(if occurance happened at night), extreme stress, over eating or under eating, flashbacks which are known among PTSD victims, distrust in people, and many o... ... middle of paper ... ...nly seen in women who raped once by a stranger. Women who were raped multiple times by a certain person or persons tends to blame others for their misfortunes (Rothschild, 2010) Self forgiveness is one of the many steps to recovery, and realizing that it is not your fault, however in order to forgive the person must look at the circumstances leading up to the situation. Were alcohol or drugs involved, was a risky decision made, were misjudgments being made? These are all factors which need to be reconciled with. The women need to realize that the rapist had an agenda that they were not accounting for. This type of pressure has either made them take on more responsibilities than nesecary or the abdicate most or all of them entirely. It’s important to find a balance of self-forgiveness in order to maintain a healthy control over the body and its reactions to stress.

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