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Physical Abuse Trauma

Physical Abuse TraumaPhysical abuse is one of the most common causes of trauma and the disorders that result from trauma. While women and children are still the most frequent victims, abuse is not confined by gender or age. An out-of-control teenager might be abused by a parent, or might abuse that parent. A wife may be beaten by her husband, but the reverse also occurs. Furthermore, physical abuse does not have to involve actual physical violence. The term also applies if a victim has been confined or denied nourishment and other basic needs.

Symptoms of Physical Abuse Trauma

A victim of physical abuse may display no overt signs, such as bruises, burns or broken bones, but still be afflicted by trauma. Depression is a very common reaction to abuse, and may include feelings of worthlessness, emotional numbness and withdrawal from relationships. Stress-related symptoms such as anxiety and panic attacks are also common. If the abuse is severe or continues over a long period of time, the victim might develop post-traumatic stress disorder. This debilitating condition makes it difficult for the victim to function productively in normal life situations.

Treatment of Physical Abuse Trauma

The first and most important action for a victim of physical abuse is to get out of the abusive situation. A residential trauma rehab center offers a safe place, along with round-the-clock availability of professional help. Talk therapy, in both individual and group settings, is highly beneficial. If the patient is suffering from depression, medications such as Paxil, Prozac or Zoloft can help.

When the victim of physical abuse is a child, he or she may not be able to express a need for help or even understand that abuse is abnormal. The abuse and subsequent trauma may remain hidden for many years. Almost always, however, symptoms will become evident over time and may persist without the victim realizing that there is a need for treatment. If a child does not understand that abuse is generated by external elements such as an alcoholic or addicted parent, mental illness or a parent overwhelmed by circumstances, he or she will shoulder the blame. This is likely to result in depression and low self-image. Eating disorders, anxiety attacks and suicidal ideation may also appear long after the abuse has stopped.

If you have been subjected to physical abuse at any time in your life, don’t accept the symptoms of trauma as normal or as simply part of your personality. Help is available in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and can drastically improve the quality of your life.