Most rape victims stories include a history of PTSD. Some are able to recover in a short period of time, however for some the condition becomes chronic. PTSD can strike anyone who has gone through a trauma such as an earthquake, domestic abuse, war, car accidents, rape, etc. Anytime a person goes through a terrifying event in which they felt intense fear, horror or helplessness the events can trigger PTSD.
When PTSD becomes chronic it can be very hard to heal from it. There are no known quick fixes for it. Treatment options consist of trauma therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and exposure therapy to name a few. Unfortunately most people do not find that any single one of these therapies works on its own and often it’s a combination of therapies that provides relief.
Symptoms of PTSD
You may be experiencing one or more of these symptoms:
- body memories and/or images of the trauma
- feeling like the trauma is happening again
- difficulty sleeping, waking a lot, nightmares
- being watchful and hypervigilant
- easily startled
- experiencing distress when something reminds you of the trauma
- anxiety and anger
- memory problems and poor concentration
- sense of despair and hopelessness
- emotional numbness
- feelings of guilt