Long-lasting Effects of Abuse

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Long-lasting Effects of Abuse

Long-lasting Effects of AbuseIt doesn't matter what type of abuse it is, the effects of abuse on its victims can be devastating and last a lifetime. A February 2013 Time Magazine article addresses the effects of child abuse and how it primes the brain for future mental illness. In the largest study yet to use brain scans to show the effects of child abuse, researchers discovered changes in key regions in and around the hippocampus in the brains of young adults who were maltreated or neglected in childhood. Researchers suggest these changes may leave abuse victims more vulnerable to depression, addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Nearly 200 people aged 18 to 25, who were mainly middle class and well-educated, were part of the study.

As you can imagine, it's extremely difficult to overcome the effects of abuse. We asked members of the HealthyPlace Twitter community to share their personal experiences with the effects of abuse. Here are some of their responses.

@StargardtEyes: Mental abuse leaves me hypercritical of myself. Every tiny thing. To the point that I'm paralyzed, afraid to 'mess up'.

@JessicaanneRose: Don't think we can ever truly recover from abuse. It has a domino effect on everything. Unable to trust is hard.

@DebraLindh: Those that say "get over it" lack the comprehensive knowledge and understanding of this type of trauma.

@CelesteMorriso1: Long after memories are worked through, still a challenge to trust as well as the loss of 'what never was'.

@JacquelineLNDN: So very true! Many don't understand that just because the abuse is over, you can't "just get over it".

@BiffMeeckie_2: Abuse left me feeling worthless, no self-worth or esteem. I feel dirty. Think every1 thinks badly of me. Always there.

@McLearyMc: Abuse left me with a lifetime of depression, anxiety and constant self doubt. Luckily I kept my sense of humour though.

What are the Effects of Abuse?

Your Thoughts

Today's Question: If you're an abuse survivor, what effect has the abuse had on you? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.

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continue story below Wins Major Web Health Awards

Yes, we're excited! On Wednesday, the Web Health Awards were announced. won a Silver Award for the Best Chronic Disease Portal Website. This is a huge award and represents the efforts of a lot of people, including our fantastic mental health bloggers. There were over 600 entries from some of the biggest and well-known health names across the Internet in this year's Web Health Awards competition.

In addition to our website award, three of our bloggers were received awards for outstanding work.

  1. Jodi Aman, author of the Anxiety-Schmanxiety blog
  2. Emily Roberts, author of the Building Self-Esteem blog
  3. Kellie Holly, author of the Verbal Abuse in Relationships blog

I encourage you to take a look at their well-written, informative blogs. I'm sure you'll get something positive from them.

Finally, we received a Bronze Award for the HealthyPlace Pinterest Boards. Kudos to our website manager, Romina Avila, and our graphics designer, Rebeca Estrada, for doing a great job with that. We invite you to check the boards out and follow us there too.

Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

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

  1. Memories That Can Damage Recovery from Mental Illness
  2. What is Body Dysmorphic Disorder, BDD (DSM-5)?
  3. Body Image Problems? Get Body Confident

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

Hiding Mental Illness

Mental health stigma will stick around so long as people with mental illness continue to feel they have to remain in hiding. Stand Up for Yourself. Stand Up for Mental Health.

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+.

Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.


Finding Your Parenting Path With Your Autistic Child

Parenting a child on the autistic spectrum can feel like walking an emotional tightrope, says The Parent Coach, Dr. Steven Richfield. A lot of it has to due with parental self-judgement and guilt. Here's Dr. Richfield's parenting advice for children on the autistic spectrum.

Latest Mental Health News

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

  • What Happens to Women Who Are Denied Abortions?
  • The Myth of "Just Do It"
  • Dare To Be Yourself: Rules for Living Authentically
  • Hot and Bothered: Why Does Warm Weather Make Us Lose Our Cool?
  • The Fame Game: Your Illusory Fifteen Minutes of Fame
  • Oh, So Rude! Incivility and Rudeness Abound
  • Mental Health Services Inadequate For Survivors Of Intimate Partner Violence
  • Risk Factors For Suicide Mapped
  • Migraines Do Not Exacerbate Mental Deterioration
  • Possible Prevention Of PTSD Discovered
  • link Between Childhood Maltreatment and Bipolar Risk

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2013, June 12). Long-lasting Effects of Abuse, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 16 from

Last Updated: September 4, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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