Violent assaults can lead to experiencing acute stress disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The victim may experience flashbacks, nightmares, depression, anxiety, panic attacks and avoidance of certain people, situations or locations.
If the anxieties are experienced for a month or less it is considered acute anxiety, however, if the mind and body are still experiencing the trauma after a month it is considered PTSD, which symptoms can carry on for months or years.
Fear is an emotion we experience after our brain processes a threatening stimuli through the amygdala and releases stress hormones like norepinephrine and cortisol.
These stress hormones active our sympathetic nervous system into fight/flight/freeze response so we can fight danger, run from danger or freeze in panic.
The amygdala in the brain becomes hypervigilant on high level stress, watching for potential threats which can leave the individual being stuck in sympathetic fight/flight nervous system.
The amygdala works like a smoke alarm watching for danger and ready to instantly fire off high alert stress response.
If unresolved, the individual can experience burn out, sadness, scared, powerless, trouble sleeping, self-hatred, low self-esteem, lack of confidence or suicidal thoughts.
This may in turn lead to unhealthy coping strategies such as alcohol, drugs, eating disorders or self-harm.
Fear can become prolonged to the point that it consumes the individuals mind and daily life.
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Your autonomic nervous system has two parts.
One being your sympathetic nervous system (fight, flight, freeze, stress).
The other being your para-sympathetic nervous system (rest, digest, recovery, relax).
When we stimulate the para-sympathetic we shift from anxiety to calm.
When we are calm, we stop pumping stress hormones into our body.
When we exercise we release happy hormones and neuro-transmitters such as serotonin, endorphins and dopamine.
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When we change our thoughts, we change our feelings.
When we change our feelings, we change how we act.
When we change how we act, we have different outcomes.
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