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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Sexual Assault

In the aftermath of a sexual assault, a victim will likely feel abraded by feelings of fear, depression, anxiety, or even guilt. As the victim of a traumatic experience, someone who has been sexually assaulted could also develop Post-traumatic stress disorder, a mental illness that causes flashbacks to the episode.

What is Post-traumatic Stress Disorder?

Post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD, often occurs in veterans of war or victims of crimes like mugging, rape, or abuse. The condition is brought on by being witness to or the victim of a traumatic event in which they themselves or others around them were harmed. Often a sound or smell can trigger a person with PTSD to flashback to the traumatic experience, confusing reality with they think is going on around them.

Symptoms of PTSD

People with PTSD have a tendency to become easily irritable, aggressive, and violent. Other symptoms include:

  • Depression
  • Trouble sleeping, nightmares
  • Isolation
  • Trouble feeling affectionate

Treating PTSD

PTSD is best diagnosed by a mental-health professional. There are many types of treatment available, and often the best approach is a combination of various treatments.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy and medicines known as SSRIs have been the most effective treatments for PTSD to date. Treatment does not erase the memory of the traumatic event, rather it can help the patient feel more control of his or her emotions and result in fewer symptoms.

Speak with a Kenosha Sexual Assault Lawyer

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a sexual assault, you have the right to seek damages from your perpetrator. Contacty the Kenosha sexual assault lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, LLC at 866.499.4700 for a free initial consultation.