Feelings following abuse – and lack of support

How I feel when I’ve been abused: –

  • Low self-esteem that may extend into self-loathing
  • Worthlessness
  • Marginalised
  • Dehumanised
  • Weak
  • Ashamed, not worthy
  • Legs go to jelly
  • Head / scalp tingles
  • Dry mouth
  • Very heavy feeling, like there is a huge heavy blanket, a black cloud that is heavy as steel on top of me
  • Can’t feel limbs, sometimes can’t use limbs
  • Blankness in my mind, unable to think
  • Loss of clarity of thought
  • Occasional inability to speak
  • May lead to suicidal thoughts

How I feel when I try to get support for my abuse and the other person doesn’t understand me: –

  • Shaking
  • Upset
  • Weak
  • Self-blame
  • Unhappy
  • Alone
  • Beaten
  • Sad
  • Isolated
  • No clarity of thought
  • Bad dreams
  • Very tired
  • Legs go to jelly
  • No point in anything

Compounds feelings of worry that no one will ever listen or understand – which brings a sense of terrible isolation and fear

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