Crime can be one of the incidents that can happen in one’s life that could be so devastating. The emotional wound caused by such an experience can impact how our body, mind and belief system cope with the amount of stress and anxiety. Victims could no longer go out in the world and claim safety. The realization that a crime can change one’s life at a moment’s notice will become an emotional scar that is hard to get rid of.
Realization of a dangerous world
A victim’s worldview has been altered after a crime has been committed. The realization that no one could be safe anymore triggers moral, psychological, religious and social crises. There would be a tremendous amount of therapy to regain the balance and send the victim back to a state of mental normalcy. It is easier said than done. Injured emotions are harder to heal compared to physical injury. More often, it has far-reaching impact that could last for years. A crime victim could make you feel very vulnerable and helpless, which could impact on how you can be productive in society. Negative emotions resulting from a crime incident is very hard to deal with. However,
Living with PTSD
A crime victim could suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder which could impact health and mental state. People suffering from PTSD could have some medical and mental issues that need to be addressed or risk long-term, permanent damage. Among the issues which people with PTSD should be treated are:
- Alteration in health and behavior
- Physical symptoms caused by negative emotional reactions as a result of being a crime victim
- Compromised immune system due to stress and depression
- Stress-caused health problems
PTSD’s impact on health care
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) could happen to a victim of a crime. Regardless of the severity of the incident, victims of crime could end up suffering and if left untreated could pose serious mental and medical consequences. Research shows that victims of violent crimes can suffer from PTSD for many years which can cost their health and could burden the healthcare system in general. This could provide unnecessary burden to the healthcare system since resources intended to other ailments could be channeled in treating PTSD as a consequence of being a crime victim. Not to mention the fact that people with PTSD warrant the expertise of professional counselors, psychiatrists and any other mental experts.
Home security’s role in PTSD
Home security is important because it gives the crime victim something to latch on. Home security systems allow not only those who have PTSD, but everybody else in the house to sleep soundly and feel more safe and secure knowing that if any threat goes near into their house they would be alerted right away. It is undeniable that these home security systems will more likely to reduce one’s feelings of stress and anxiety especially at night when a person needs to relax, sleep and recharge their energy. Aside from classical home security features that one should install at home, the security coming from the support of family and friends are the best forms of home security. Most people draw strength from their loved ones especially in times of emotional crisis. For people with PTSD, the emotional support of family and friends is so indispensable.
People can be affected in different ways when they are victims of crime. Certain emotions of fear and anger are common, some victims experience stress and depression. Those who are unable to get a grip of their emotions, fall apart miserably. What is important is to provide the necessary support to victims of crime. The danger lies when people believe the premise that the harrowing experience of a crime will just disappear and be forgotten. Crime can create long-term problems and the need for a strong support system is needed to make a victim’s worldview become positive again.
About the Author:
Ryan Rivera used to suffer from panic attacks for seven years. He now dedicates his life helping those who suffer from stress, anxiety, panic attacks and depression through his writings. You can read more of his articles at Calm Clinic.