Violence May Make Women Mentally Ill

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – There is a disturbing study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. However it makes a great deal of sense.

According to the reports, women who experience violence – including domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, and stalking – have a greater risk of developing mental health disorders. The psychological issues that are the greatest are mood disorders, anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder. There is also a slight increase in substance abuse and suicide attempts.

The main point of the study is that it is very important that victims of violence get psychological support and counseling.

Sadly one of the biggest predictors of potential problems is when individuals are not believed when they make complaints. This supports the theory that people in positions of authority need to be understanding in this regard.

Reported By Dr. Brian McDonough, KYW Newsradio Medical Editor

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  • Margaret Motheral

    No kidding, the City of Philadelphia has traumatized me to the extreme. In 2006 they dug up a contaminated lot right next to my house and made me very ill and when I went to them for help, the Ward Leader Vernon Price, close friend of the D.A. Seth Williams went around the neighborhood saying I was crazy. The entire leadership of the NW has been perpetuated hate crimes against me for years to distract from the crime they were doing. I have the evidence and the more they realize it, the more crimes are done to me I’ve been assaulted, poisoned, displaced from my home, police abuse, denied civil rights and all protections, In the last 3 weeks I have had 2 severe harassments. I reported to authorities and they ignore. There is a difference between mental illness and trauma. Somebody has to stop these people.

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