Global Pandemic Has Severe Impact On Survivors Of Abuse
The Covid-19 pandemic has affected our lives in countless ways. It has directly impacted the health of millions of individuals, led to the financial downfall of others, and wreaked havoc with the mental wellbeing of many more. For the approximately 42 million adult survivors of child abuse currently residing in the USA, the pandemic may have had an even more far-reaching impact. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is common among survivors of abuse. Unfortunately, the pandemic has had a worrisome impact on PTSD, exacerbating various existing symptoms considerably.
Trauma triggers become more prevalent
The stress, fear and isolation brought on by the pandemic can result in the resurfacing of a range of trauma triggers that have been previously manageable. These memories can resurface when a survivor of abuse experiences feelings, sounds, smells, and even tastes that remind them of the abuse they had to endure. When these memories resurface, an individual can be mentally transported back to incidents of abuse. This can result in severe emotional anguish, and should be addressed as a matter of urgency.
Increased concern about health and safety
While most people are experiencing heightened health and safety concerns at present, these feelings may become overwhelming for survivors of abuse living with PTSD. The fear of falling ill and potentially not recovering is a huge cause of anxiety. Many people hope that once they receive the Covid-19 vaccination, both their risk of falling ill and their extreme stress levels will be reduced. Although more than 84 million people in the USA are already fully vaccinated, a close eye has to be kept on the vaccine supply chains. This will ensure that vaccines are moved from the manufacturer to the clinics and hospitals where they are needed, under the right conditions and in a short period of time.
Negative thoughts and feelings won’t subside
Regardless of how well adult survivors of child abuse are dealing with their PTSD, the chances are the pandemic has increased the prevalence of negative feelings and thoughts. Apart from worrying about their own wellbeing, survivors are also concerned about the welfare of their friends and family. The large-scale social isolation caused by lockdown has simply amplified these feelings, resulting in a rapid increase in stress levels, severe anxiety, and more intense bouts of depression.
The pandemic has had a huge impact on adult survivors of child abuse. Individuals living with PTSD as a result of the abuse they endured have been affected particularly badly by the current situation in the world.
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