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Addressing the Impact
THE IMPACT OF STALKING ON MENTAL, EMOTIONAL, AND PHYSICAL HEALTH IS VERY REAL.
Stalking can cause severe psychological stress to a victim. Common effects include depression, anxiety, sleep disturbance, paranoia, agoraphobia, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Denial, confusion, self-doubt, questioning if what is happening is unreasonable, wondering if they are over-reacting, frustration, guilt, embarrassment and self-blame are all common responses to PTSD and what we frequently hear from people who have experienced stalking.
Research tells us that 92% of people who have suffered prolonged, repeated experiences of trauma (like those who experience stalking), meet the criteria for PTSD but they also exhibit additional symptoms such as changes in their self-concept and the way they adapt to stressful events; difficulty in regulating emotion; interpersonal difficulties and in some cases alteration in consciousness (dissociation).
A disorder which encompasses all these different symptoms in addition to PTSD is known as Complex Trauma or Complex PTSD. Sussex Stalking Support is working in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire and in association with the National Stalking Consortium through research to better understand the significant and often long-term impact victims of stalking are subjected to.
A recent report pinpointed the risk factors that may lead to mental illness in broad chronological order. They include genetics, early brain trauma, childhood abuse and/or lack of simulation, bullying, substance abuse, social adversity, shock and trauma, exposure to violence both domestic and military, immigration, and social isolation. (Lancet report in the Guardian June 2019)