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Strong Link Between Domestic Violence And Mental Health

December 31, 2012 by  

Strong Link Between Domestic Violence And Mental Health
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Victims of domestic violence, both men and women, can experience long-lasting effects, including mental health disorders, according to new research from King’s College of London’s Institute of Psychiatry and the University of Bristol.

Previous studies have focused on depression as the link between abuse and mental health problems, but this study was the first to look widely at the issue affecting both female and male victims.

According to the results of the study published in PLOS ONE, women with depressive disorders were about 2.5 times more likely to have experienced domestic violence over their adult lifetime compared to women without mental health problems. Women with anxiety disorders were more than 3.5 times more likely; and women with post-traumatic stress disorder were about seven times more likely.

As well, men with various types of mental disorders were at risk of experiencing increased domestic violence, though with less frequency than their female counterparts.

Professor Louise Howard, senior author of the study from King’s Institute of Psychiatry, stated: “In this study, we found that both men and women with mental health problems are at an increased risk of domestic violence. The evidence suggests that there are two things happening: domestic violence can often lead to victims developing mental health problems, and people with mental health problems are more likely to experience domestic violence.”

Howard concluded: “Mental health professionals need to be aware of the link between domestic violence and mental health problems, and ensure that their patients are safe from domestic violence and are treated for the mental health impact of such abuse.”

Kellye Copas

Staff writer Kellye Copas has several years experience writing for the alternative health industry. Her background is in non-profit fundraising, copywriting and direct mail and web marketing.

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  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    I CAN NOT DISPUTE THIS ARTICLE. YET, I HATE IT WAS PUBLISHED ON NEW YEAR’S EVE – A MENTALLY FRAGILE TIME OF YEAR.

    I HAVE AN EVIL TEMPER AND HAVE EXPERIENCED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. IT IS A REASON WHY I HAVE “LOST TOUCH” WITH MY FAMILY.

    MY MOTHER HAS BEEN IN THE HOSPITAL SINCE 26 DECEMBER. I HAVE NOT SEEN HER.

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      I WANT TO EXPLAIN MY ABOVE COMMENT.

      AS ALL OF YOU KNOW, I AM A Lifelong Uncle Tom. AFTER THE KENYAN’S RE-ELECTION, I TRANSFORMED INTO A Negro White-Supremacist. THIS TRANSFORMATION HAS CAUSED PROBLEMS WITH MY FAMILY.

      I HAVE A BROTHER WHO REALLY LIKES, blacks. BECAUSE OF MY VALUES, HE AND I HAD A FIGHT IN THE PRESENCE OF OUR MOTHER. [She was crying; it was a "bad scene" for her]. ON 23 DECEMBER, I YELLED AT MY MOTHER; SHE BECAME PHYSICALLY ILL IN MY PRESENCE. ON 26 DECEMBER, A “THIRD PARTY” TOLD ME MY MOTHER HAD BEEN HOSPITALIZED. MY TWO SISTERS CONFIRMED THIS INFORMATION IN PHONE CONVERSATIONS. I HAVE NOT SEEN HER; I HOPE I AM “IN THE RIGHT FRAME OF MIND,” THE NEXT TIME I SEE MY MOTHER.

      • Jamie

        at least Send Her Some Flowers and a nice thinking of You luv ya Momma card . oh and Happy New Year to You.

      • Karolyn

        Chris – Your “frame of mind” is in your control. If we don’t control our emotions, our emotions will control us. We have the power.

      • Bill

        Hi Christopher,
        The “right frame of mind” is for you to go see her and tell her you love her.

        We all have the bad habit of engaging the mouth before the brain but the artform is in the clean up. It takes a real man to say they were wrong

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Karolyn,”

        A “PITFALL” OF BEING FORTY-SIX, AN ATHEIST, HOMOSEXUAL AND SINGLE IS BEING SURROUNDED BY OLDER FAMILY-MEMBERS WHO ARE “god-fearing,” HETEROSEXUAL AND HAVE FAMILIES. I AM THE YOUNGEST OF SIX CHILDREN. MY FATHER IS SEVENTY-SIX; MY MOTHER IS SEVENTY-FOUR.

        WHEN I WAS A CHILD, I WAS MY SIBLINGS’ “little brother.” I HATED THAT LABEL. WHEN I LEFT FOR COLLEGE AT SIXTEEN, I THOUGHT, “Hey, I can be MY OWN MAN!” WHILE IN COLLEGE, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO FULLY EXAMINE MY CHILDHOOD WITH MY FAMILY. AS A CHILD, I IDOLIZED MY OLDEST BROTHER [HE IS NOW, FIFTY-SEVEN]; AFTER I RETURNED HOME FROM COLLEGE IN 1992, MY BROTHER [AND, INDEED, ALL OF MY SIBLINGS] WERE “COMPLETE STRANGERS” TO ME. WE SHARED ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IN COMMON ANYMORE. I GREW TIRED OF THE FACADE OF TRYING TO “MANUFACTURE” CONVERSATION WITH PEOPLE I NO LONGER CARED ABOUT. FOR AWHILE, I TRIED TO KEEP AN “ESOTERIC” RELATIONSHIP WITH MY PARENTS. I HAVE NOT SEEN MY FATHER SINCE AUGUST 2009. I HAVE SEEN MY MOTHER IN PUBLIC.

        THE BROTHER I FOUGHT WITH IS FIFTY-FOUR; HE THINKS THE SUN “RISES AND SHINES” IN THE KENYAN. EVERY TIME I SAW THIS BROTHER, HE WAS BRAGGING ABOUT “ALL OF THE GOOD THINGS” THE KENYAN IS DOING. I GOT TIRED OF IT, AND “WENT-OFF;” YET, I WAS SO ANGRY THAT I FORGOT OUR MOTHER WAS PRESENT [Although she is active socially and still drives, she is not completely mobile].

        WHEN I AM ANGRY, I CAN NOT BE AROUND PEOPLE WHO IRRITATE ME.

      • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing WTS/JAY

        Mr. Horton, my recommendation; allow some time for things to cool down, and then proceed with caution, if you must. My sympathies to you, Mr. Horton, you are indeed in a delicate, and potentially explosive-situation.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “WTS/JAY,”

        PART OF ME WANTS TO SAY THANKS FOR YOUR CONCERN. BUT, ANOTHER PART OF ME ASKS, ARE YOU RIDICULING ME FOR WANTING TO PROMOTE THE CAUCASIAN RACE?

        AS A NEGRO HOMOSEXUAL, I CAN NOT BE A “RECOGNIZED” AND FULL MEMBER OF, White-Supremacist Organizations. PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS MUST BE CAUCASIAN CHRISTIANS WHO OPPOSE HOMOSEXUALITY; THAT PLACES ME IN AN AUTOMATIC QUANDRY. AS A NEGRO, THE ONLY THING I CAN DO IS MAKE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THESE ORGANIZATIONS. THAT IS NO SIGN OF LOYALTY.

      • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing WTS/JAY

        CAH: PART OF ME WANTS TO SAY THANKS FOR YOUR CONCERN. BUT, ANOTHER PART OF ME ASKS, ARE YOU RIDICULING ME FOR WANTING TO PROMOTE THE CAUCASIAN RACE?

        My concerns and my recommendations to you, Mr. Horton, were directed specifically to your struggles with respect to your family. As for you promoting the caucasian-race, i’m still trying to wrap my brains around that. Quite frankly, i have no response, much less, ridicule.

    • Robert Smith

      Seek professional help Christopher. An old school counsilor, clergy, shrink, a cop you respect, a medical professional…

      Although I support gun rights please don’t acquire any guns at this time. If you have any intent whatsoever of charting a course for yourself that encompases a long and prosperous future after you get over this rough patch (they are generally temoporary and it’s no shame to ask for help) now is the time to get a grip on your life and turn it into one that you will enjoy.

      Given a chance I suspect that your mother can help if you let her. If that blows up on you ask hospital staff if there is someone you can talk to. There are lots of folks willing to help. Please ask.

      If you pray, meditate, or otherwise work towards an understanding and guidence please ask not to change another person. There is little sense to that because it rarey works. Ask for understanding and change within yourself. That is something you can control.

      Rob

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Robert Smith,”

        THANKS FOR YOUR KIND WORDS.

        BUT, “Mr. Smith” – AS YOU KNOW – I AM HOMOSEXUAL AND DO NOT LIKE THERAPISTS. ONE OF THOSE CHARLATANS CALLED ME A “sexual deviant,” WHEN I WAS TWELVE-YEARS OLD. AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED, THE ENTIRE FIELD OF PSYCHOLOGY IS BULL—-! PERIOD.

      • Robert Smith

        Hi Christopher,

        Remember, at one time being left handed had to be “fixed” too. Things move forward for those who allow it. The DSM has changed and being gay isn’t a “sickness” anymore. Odds are now stacking that it is genetic (certainly a predisposition) or due to a gestational influence of hormones. There is no fault involved. It’s simply the way things are. Particularly younger professionals are well in tune with the view that is contrary to the old one nasty one.

        Here is another way to think of it. The Phelps and his crew with “God Hates Fags” is NOT representative of how I see most Christians responding.

        Check out: http://johnshelbyspong.com/

        There is still love in the Christian community. It just ain’t in the right wing christians who use it as an excuse for hate.

        Rob

  • Karolyn

    Having experience with domestic violence and women having experienced it, I have seen this in action. Women who are abused are beaten down and changed. There are those who fault them for staying; however, no one knows what it is like until they have experienced a loved one slowly tearing away at a person’s psyche and self-confidence. The perpetrator who is allowed to continue the behavior only gets worse and worse.

  • Chass

    That is your problem – You need to become a Christian!

    • Robert Smith

      What kind of christan Chass? Fred Phelps or Bishop Spong?

      The world is waiting… Do you want to support the christian hate of Fred Phelps?

      Do you want to support the Christian love of Bishop Spong?

      http://johnshelbyspong.com/

      Rob

      • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing WTS/JAY

        Robert: The world is waiting… Do you want to support the christian hate of Fred Phelps?
        Do you want to support the Christian love of Bishop Spong?

        Robert, both, are extremists in their Christian views! You could not have picked two of the worst examples in Phelps and Spong. Neither one is Christian! Phelps is deranged, and Spong is a Pedophile, who empathizes with homosexuals. Granted, Mr. Horton would find common-ground with Spong’s inclusivity with respect to the homosexual-lifestyle, but if i understand Mr. Horton, the rest of what Spong carries around as baggage, would be considered by Mr. Horton, to be nothing more then garbage. It is desperately disingenuous of you, Robert, to offer Mr. Horton a water-down version of Christianity. If you truly cared for him, you would offer him the straight goods, rather then a imitation. But then again, you wouldn’t recognize true Christianity if it looked directly into your face.

      • Robert Smith

        From WTS: “Spong is a Pedophile, who empathizes with homosexuals. ”

        Absolutely false on the pedophile thing.

        Rob

      • Karolyn

        Jay – Have you ever read anything Spong has written? It surely makes a lot of sense.

      • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing WTS/JAY

        Spong make a lot of sense? You know what, Karolyn, on second thought, i’ll withhold my diatribe on Spong for another time. For the sake of peace, and out of respect for Christopher who is going through some difficulty and need not hear my rant at this time. But to be sure, the next time i hear the name Spong, i will let you have both-barrels!

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “WTS/JAY,”

        “SPEAK YOUR MIND.” I HAD THESE FAMILY ISSUES LONG BEFORE COMING HERE ON 6 JUNE.

    • Karolyn

      If you look at all the hate-mongering, angry Christians that post on this site, that’s not a very good indictment of Christianity. Being Christian has nothing to do with one’s being an angry person or not.

      • Robert Smith

        I can’t find it but there used to be a video on You Tube of a nun trying to gouge the eyes out of an escort at a clinic with her cross. I wonder how much heat it took to get it removed.

        What was particularly sad was watching kids at Milton Bradley School in Springfield, MA, crying because they thought the abortion protesters (protesting a clinic across the street) were talking about murdering kids were after them.

        Rob

      • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing WTS/JAY

        Karolyn: If you look at all the hate-mongering, angry Christians that post on this site, that’s not a very good indictment of Christianity.

        There you go again, Karolyn, pointing your crooked, self-rightious fingers at others. I have read much hate from the likes of you and Robert. And let me tell, both you and he, are terrific-haters!

      • Karolyn

        Jay – You cannot seriously put me in the same class as Robert. I have nothing against christianity. I have respect for Christians who walk the walk. What I have a problem with is people using Christianity as a tool against others and to incite hatred and division.

    • ranger09

      My Granddad once told me that all people are a little crazy, But i keep myself from going insane.
      And Mr Horton if you are for real i suggest you have yourself commited. For sure people need to keep an eye on you.You know one thing i have learned for the short time i have been messing with this Web site is learning about people that leave remarks on here. And one thing People sure like to let the world kmow how sad they are, How sick they are, How stupid they are, Or how smart they are, And how much fear is inside them.But i find that people on these things say things that they would not say with real people around. I also bet that people on here are very bored, And that their family if they have one cannot stand all there talk. But i do think that its a way to let people get these things out of their system. And also its better than most tv shows. I know why am i on here like the rest of you? Just recovering from operation and Bored.silly.
      happy New Year and hope only good things come your way .

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “ranger09,”

        I HAVE NO REASON TO LIE.

        I HAVE HAD A SEXUAL OBSESSION WITH HAIRY CAUCASIAN MALES FOR DECADES. IT HAS HELPED TO BRING MY VIEWS ON RACE INTO FOCUS. White Supremacy IS NOT JUST FOR CAUCASIANS ANYMORE. THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE OF COLOR WHO SHARE MY VIEWS.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “ranger09,”

        THERE ARE ONLINE REPORTS OF NEGROES ENGAGED IN White Supremacist ACTIVITIES IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST AND THE STATE OF OHIO.

  • ONTIME

    I would say that much of the angst that is introduced into society in this country comes from the US government using legal ignorance, overbearing law, neglect of obligation and constant lies, practices that make us disrespect and distrust our leadership, thereby feeling insecure and unsure..

    Take a good look at the progressive tax, it is communism 101. It is moral duplicity a tool used by the left to put you off guard. Tax discrimination, class warfare, a overbearing police force willing to out spend you on any issue, a typical yearly tax season of anxiety all brought to you by the US government as a manipulative social tool.
    Using a national sales tax, on the ballot every ten years we can have a acountable budget, “All” citizens and those in country will pay a national tax, there will be no 47% paying no income tax…Want to help cure the mentally ill? Then start with removing the nutz in our government..

  • Bill

    Christopher,
    We cannot change the way people think. We only have a small amount of time on this planet, and you have to create your own reality. You have to decide how important your parents are to you. Sometimes we have to eat a little crow to get along with the people that we love.

    I wish you the best, Christopher, and I hope you can get through this

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “Bill,”

      ABOUT AN HOUR AGO, I TALKED TO MY MOTHER. SHE WAS RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL, TODAY. SHE HAD A HEART ATTACK, WHICH REQUIRED A PROCEDURE. [When I talked to my sisters on 26 December, they did not tell me that]. NOW, MY MOTHER IS ON MEDICATION AND RESTING. I WILL PROBABLY SEE HER IN A FEW DAYS.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Bill” – I APPRECIATE YOUR CONCERN. RIGHT NOW, MY HEAD “IS NOT ON STRAIGHT.”

  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    “Same Sex Domestic Violence … ,”

    I FEEL COMPELLED TO MAKE THIS COMMENT.

    I JUST TRIED TO “HOOK-UP” TO YOUR LINK. I WAS DENIED ACCESS.

    SINCE APRIL 2012, HOMOSEXUAL WEBSITES OF A POLITICAL NATURE HAVE DENIED ACCESS TO ME BECAUSE I AM “anti-gay.” YET, THESE HOMOSEXUAL WEBSITES WANT TO CAPITALIZE ON MY NAME.

    I HAVE Googled MY NAME AND SAW A LINK WHICH INDICATED, “CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says …” BUT, WHEN I OPEN THAT LINK THERE IS NO COMMENT TO BE FOUND, MADE BY ME. IN ADDITION, I SEE OTHER LINKS WHICH INDICATE, “CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says …;” YET, WHEN I CLICK ON THE LINK IT SAYS “ACCESS DENIED.”

    “Same Sex Domestic,” THIS ARTICLE WAS RELEASED YESTERDAY. YET, YOU POSTED AT 6:08 PM, TODAY – SO, WHAT DO YOU THINK I SHOULD THINK ABOUT YOUR TIMING?

    DO WHAT YOU WANT – IT IS YOUR PEROGATIVE. I ONLY WANT HOMOSEXUAL WEBSITES TO KNOW THAT “I” KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON.

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      I TYPED THIS COMMENT ON “RAW” EMOTION. I HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT IT AND REALIZE IT MAKES ME APPEAR TO BE “SELF-CENTERED.” I AM NOT.

      SO, I WANT TO EXPLAIN.

      I NEVER WANTED TO PROVIDE THIS INFORMATION TO Bob Livingston AND Personal Liberty Digest.

      I BEGAN MY ONLINE ACTIVITIES IN JULY 2011 AS A CUSTOMER REVIEWER FOR Amazon.com. I MADE MY FIRST COMMENT ON A DISCUSSION SITE IN NOVEMBER 2011 [Jerry Sandusky Scandal]. WHILE IN AN ONLINE DISCUSSION [ MID/LATE MARCH 2012], ANOTHER COMMENTER MENTIONED TO ME HE/SHE HAD Googled MY NAME. I DID NOT KNOW WHAT THAT MEANT. [I actually had someone to explain to me what that meant. I did not know if you make online commentary utilizing your real name, those comments remain online forever. Yet, I have nothing to be ashamed of, so, it did not matter. I "Googled" and saw everything I had typed since July 2011.]. DAYS OR WEEKS BEFORE FINDING THIS OUT, I HAD WRITTEN A HIGHLY NEGATIVE Amazon Review FOR, “Confessions” – THE MEMOIR OF Former New Jersey Governor, James Edward McGreevey; I ALSO MADE NEGATIVE COMMENTS ABOUT HIM ON A HOMOSEXUAL WEBSITE. WHEN I FOUND-OUT ABOUT THIS “Googling,” I CHANGED THE WAY IN WHICH I ENTER SEARCH ENGINES. INSTEAD OF TYPING-IN THE WEBSITE’S NAME, I TYPED-IN MY NAME AND ENTERED A WEBSITE “THAT WAY,” VIA MY COMMENT LINKS. IN APRIL 2012, I BEGAN TO NOTICE I COULD NOT OBTAIN ACCESS TO POLITICALLY-ORIENTED HOMOSEXUAL SITES. AT THAT TIME, I DID NOT UNDERSTAND AND MADE NO “CONNECTION.” IN LATE JUNE 2012, I WROTE A NEGATIVE Amazon Review FOR “Transparent” – THE MEMOIR OF CNN-Anchor, Don Lemon. AFTER THAT, IT BECAME CLEAR TO ME THAT CAUCASIAN HOMOSEXUAL-DEMOCRATS AND NEGRO HOMOSEXUALS DID NOT LIKE MY COMMENTARY. AROUND THIS TIME, I Googled MY NAME AND SAW A LINK FOR MY Master of Music Thesis [University of Central Arkansas]. THERE ARE ONLY FOUR COPIES OF THAT THESIS – A DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC COPY, A UNIVERSITY-LIBRARY COPY, MY THESIS DIRECTOR’S COPY AND MY COPY. [Serial music is not a popular area of western-art music; indeed, in 2013, it is considered "passe"]. SO, IT WAS VERY STRANGE TO ME THAT ANYONE WOULD WANT TO “CLICK-ON” A LINK TO MY MASTER THESIS. IN ADDITION, THERE ARE ALSO LINKS TO MY HIGH SCHOOL AND FORMER Facebook Page. OBVIOUSLY, THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO WANT TO SEE A PHOTOGRAPH OF ME ["Is he white?"/"Is he black?"].

      SO, I AM IN A “DAMNED IF YOU DO, DAMNED IF YOU DON’T” SITUATION.

      LIKE OTHER PEOPLE, I ENJOY ONLINE DISCUSSION. IT IS NOT “MY” FAULT THAT CAUCASIAN HOMOSEXUAL-DEMOCRATS ARE OBSESSED WITH A PROPAGANDIZED MISSION OF NATIONAL PROPORTIONS; AND, THEY WILL “KICK-TO-THE-CURB” ANY HOMOSEXUAL WHO DOES NOT “TOW-THE-LINE.”

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