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A 45-year-old female asked:

I'm a forty five yeared old woman, what are the affects of an assault on a woman with mental illness compared to a normal average woman?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Jonathan Shedler
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
It depends: The effects of a traumatic event (or any event) depend on the psychological meanings it holds for each individual person, based on his/her personal history and psychological makeup. If a current trauma stirs up feelings/memories connected with unresolved past traumas (consciously or unconsciously), we may well see a more extreme reaction than otherwise. There is no general answer. It all depends.
Last updated Apr 8, 2014

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