Mental / Psychological Effects

Below is just a list of some possible effects, it is not exhaustive. Many of these symptoms can be addressed effectively with professional help and support. If you suspect that you or anyone you know may be suffering effects from abuse, contact your family physician or refer to the reference section for helpful contact information.


Psychiatric Health Effects Include:

  • depression
  • eating disorders
  • obsessive compulsive disorder
  • suicidal thoughts
  • post-traumatic stress disorder
  • dissociation


Psychological Health Effects Include:

  • low self esteem
  • difficulty in forming/maintaining relationships
  • anxiety / over vigilance
  • chronic stress
  • loss of concentration or productivity
  • self-destructive behaviour / self degradation
  • difficulties with parenting children
  • frequent crying
  • passivity
  • difficulty sleeping or eating
  • phobias
  • feelings of helplessness
  • self blame and guilt
  • anger