Abuse

Abuse

 

A 2012 study, the largest of its kind to date, found that the changes in the adult brain resulting from abuse as a child make victims more vulnerable to depression, addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Several mental illnesses and disorders can increase the risk of abusive patterns arising in the sufferer’s interpersonal relationships. However, while abuse and mental illness are related, it is stressed that each problem should be treated separately, and that mental illness is no excuse to exhibit abusive behavior. Domestic violence is often kept a secret and is a major cause of mental ill health worldwide. The World Health Organization estimates that 15-71% of women worldwide have experienced some form of abuse, and abuse is still one of the leading causes of death for women of childbearing age. In the United States, an estimated 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner, while 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men report having been victims of domestic violence.

 

 

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