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Connections between abuse, anxiety and depression

It is normal for a woman to experience some level of anxiety or depression if she is experiencing abuse from her partner. Often times women are seen to have some form of mental illness when they are actually just having a normal human reaction to oppression, hurt and crazy-making behaviour. One woman reported that she was on the maximum level of medication for anxiety and was still feeling anxious all the time. Her partner regularly commented on her “mental illness” and suggested that there was something wrong with her. She is now separated from him and not on any medication at all. She still feels anxious sometimes but notices the anxiety comes when she has to have contact with her ex because they share a child.

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