When it comes to abuse, AWARENESS is the cure.

AWARENESS IS CURATIVE…

When you know the REAL reason your life is a mess, you give yourself the power to see clearly again.

And FYI…

ALL TYPES OF ABUSE (financial, emotional, psychological, sexual *in addition to* physical abuse) happens without the influence of cannabis, Internet Geniuses.

Abusers love to blame some external influence for their behavior.

That’s what continues the cycle — people the victim trusts just blame the victim, so the victim blames herself.

But that’s not me. I know that abuse is not my fault.

And now it’s my mission to help others know it’s not their fault either.

What are abuse survivors responsible for?

THEIR REACTION to the abuse.

Ask yourself the question: “What am I going to DO now that I know I’ve been abused by so many people for so many years?”

My answer? I’m going to speak bravely about it. Learn as much as I can, and PUT MYSELF OUT THERE AGAIN.

Because I am not afraid.

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Short-term and long-term side effects of Battered Woman’s Syndome (type of PTSD):

Several serious side effects are associated with battered woman syndrome.

Short-term side effects that may be seen immediately include:

> depression
> lowered self-esteem
> damaged relationships with friends and family
> severe anxiety
> feeling worthless or hopeless
> feeling like they have no control

Research has shown that battered woman syndrome and domestic abuse can result in long-term health consequences that can last for decades.

Long-term effects can include:

> PTSD-like symptoms, including flashbacks, dissociative states, and violent outbursts against the abuser
> health issues caused by stress, such as high blood pressure and associated cardiac problems
> chronic back pain or headaches

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