Victimization and Depression
Victimization, while not officially recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders, is a condition in which an individual feels like a victim as a result of one or more events and/or encounters. For example, many people struggle with victimization after being raped, physically abused, or robbed. An individual can be victimized at any time when another individual causes harm him or her. To make matters worse, the many side effects that come with the psychological consequences of victimization can quickly begin to cause the development of depression, a serious mood disorder that leaves individuals feeling regularly unproductive and sad.
How Victimization Causes Depression
Victimization is an extremely complex issue that produces a great deal of emotional and psychological challenges for any individual who is struggling with it. Some of the most common symptoms of victimization that lend themselves to the development of depression include the following:
- Shame – Those who have been victimized often experience strong feelings of shame, even though the experience was not their fault. This shame can cause an individual to avoid social situations and become isolated from friends and family. This isolation can lead to the development of depression.
- Defilement – Many individuals struggling with victimization feel defiled, dirty or disgusting, as a result of their traumatic experiences. This form of self-hatred can trigger suicidal tendencies and in-turn, the development of depression.
- Self-blame – It is extremely common for victimized individuals to blame themselves for the bad things that have happened to them. This need to take responsibility for their own victimization can create such strong feelings of accountability that it causes an individual to begin feeling depressed in response to their inability to stop the traumatic event they experienced.
Victimization can easily lead to depression development, especially through side effects such as feelings of shame, defilement and self-blame.
The Importance of Treatment for Depression and Victimization
It is crucial that individuals who have experienced victimization in one form or another get treatment immediately to prevent issues such as depression from occurring. By talking with a therapist, learning how to cope with victimization, and working on developing healthy coping skills, individuals who have been victimized can find ways to live happy and healthy lives. Without participating in treatment, it is likely that not only will victimized individuals struggle with depression, but also with other issues such as substance abuse and anxiety. Getting treatment can help prevent all of these issues from occurring.
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