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Violent crime is a universal problem and the symptoms of it are widespread. Fortunately, clinical diagnosis and therefore treatment is far more readily available and victims are, sometimes, able to move on with their lives.
Due to neurological changes that take place after a traumatic event such as a violent crime, the first step is to recognize that intervention is necessary and to take the steps to manage even minor setbacks.
Depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse are common psychological disorders recognized in victims of robbery, rape and burglary (Falsetti & Resnick, 1995; Frank & Stewart, 1984; Hough, 1985), in fact any violent event.They require clinical assessment to ensure that victims, having suffered the event, do not continue to suffer.
Although panic attacks have many causes, some can be traced to a previous traumatic occurrence including violent crime . This then also needs assessment as the physical symptoms that manifest are sometimes misdiagnozed due to their severity, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)- type symptoms, even hear palpitations. Victims often feel dizzy and unable to breathe and unless treated can become reclusive and paranoid.
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