Can Mental Health Be Affected by Domestic Violence?

Wilmington, NC Depression TreatmentMental health disorders are very common in the United States. People over the age of 18 and older are most likely to have experience with some type of mental illness. Domestic violence is also something that is really common in the United States. Would you believe that more than half of women who have some type of mental health disorder also experienced domestic abuse within their childhood or adulthood? Learn more below. For affordable Wilmington, NC depression treatment, please call Legacy Freedom for help today.

Unfortunately, there is a link between mental health disorders and domestic violence. Survivors of domestic violence tend to suffer from PTSD, depression, panic attacks, anxiety, substance abuse and other types of poor mental health.

In addition, those who suffer from mental health disorders and domestic violence abuse, tend to ignore their symptoms of poor mental health. They never seek help or a diagnosis. Coping with domestic violence alone often leads to mental illness. Trying to handle a mental illness alone can often lead to psychiatric disorders, low self-esteem, aggressive behavior, developmental delays and school difficulties in children and more.

Until now, there haven't been many studies on the link between domestic violence and mental illness. However, researchers are now taking further action into researching this.

Even more, those that abuse others tend to have a mental health disorder, as well. According to, "The abuser often has mental health issues like depression or substance abuse and struggles with obsessive and possessive behavior. In some cases, abusers cope with massive self-shame by severely abusing or killing their partners. Mental health experts have more insight into how domestic violence can impact mental health, and what issues sometimes predispose people to be in relationships that involve domestic violence."

While we don't want to link these two terrible problems together, it is helpful to understand that seeking treatment for both can be beneficial. Even those that are abusing others can rely on therapy to help them work through their mental health disorder. Those that have suffered from domestic violence and are now suffering from a mental illness can also seek treatment that can help.

To learn more about mental health and domestic violence visit our next blog. There, you'll find statistics and resources that can help you get familiar with both.

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