Leaving an Abusive Relationship and Your Mental Health

HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter

Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:

Is Leaving an Abusive Relationship the Answer to Mental Health Problems?

Is Leaving an Abusive Relationship the Answer to Mental Health Problems?There's an assumption that once a woman (or man) is out of the abusive relationship, everything is fine. Is that really true, however?

Physical abuse and emotional abuse are powerful weapons which leave lasting scars. A 2010 research study on the subject reveals the impact of physical violence or a controlling relationship lasts beyond the relationship itself. The effects of domestic violence on women includes high levels of depression and anxiety, the study found. Having to continue communicating with their abuser and parent of their children, financial problems and lack of outside support all contributed to increased mental health problems.

Dana understands that. On the Facebook Page, Dana writes:

"The physical, verbal, and sexual abuse from my ex-husband somehow seemed easier to deal with than the myriad of mental health issues I have had in the five years since leaving."

Susan shares:

"There was/is so much "fixing" to do after living in an abusive relationship. Your life just doesn't go back to normal after you leave it. You are never the same."

All this is not meant to suggest that a woman or man should not leave abusive partners, but it's not a magical solution either. Recovery from physical, emotional or sexual abuse is a process that can take years.

Your Thoughts

Today's Question: Have you found that leaving the abusive relationship was the answer to your mental health issues? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.

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Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. Childhood Bipolar Disorder: Growing Up A Bipolar Child
  2. Tricks and Tactics Of Anxiety: It Likes To Confuse Us
  3. Speaking Openly About Bipolar and Being Judged For It

If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.


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From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.


Stand Up for Mental Health

Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign

But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.

Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.


Coaching The Preschooler With ADHD

Having a very young child with ADHD, and no prior experience parenting one, leaves many parents searching for answers on what to do. Not to worry. Our Parenting Coach, Dr. Steven Richfield, offers parents some guidance on how to manage behaviors of ADHD kids.

Latest Mental Health News

These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:

  • A New Study From M.I.T. Links a Raised Heart Rate to Success in Negotiations
  • Keep Telling Yourself, 'This Workout Feels Good'
  • Get Your Green On. What Nature Can Do For You
  • Medical Ethics Have Been Violated at U.S. Gov't. Detention Sites
  • Sleep Alert: Why You'll Never Know Just How Tired You Are
  • Depression in Australian Workplaces More 'Hidden' Than in Europe
  • Problem-Solving Education Reduces Parental Stress After Child Autism Diagnosis
  • 'Cold Turkey' Morphine Withdrawal May Trigger Mental Decline
  • Switching Focus Underlies Attention Problems in Schizophrenia
  • White Matter Integrity Supports Heritability of Bipolar Disorder
  • Novel Approach Confirms Dysfunctional Energy Production in Schizophrenia
  • Insomnia Hurts Job Performance of Depressed Patients
  • Obesity, Bipolarity May Have Common Mechanisms

That's it for now. If you know of anyone who can benefit from this newsletter or the site, I hope you'll pass this onto them. You can also share the newsletter on any social network (like facebook, stumbleupon, or digg) you belong to by clicking the links below. For updates throughout the week:

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2013, November 13). Leaving an Abusive Relationship and Your Mental Health, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 22 from

Last Updated: September 3, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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