The Lasting Effects

The Lasting Effects Of Being Held at gunpoint

Recently in Paris, TV and internet celebrity Kim Kardashian West was robbed at gunpoint in her hotel room. Men disguised as police officers gained entry into Kardashian’s room and robbed her of 11 million dollars worth in jewelry and cash. Several news outlets report that she remains traumatized by the event.  Being held at gunpoint can leave both physical and emotional scars.

PTSD And Paranoia After A Violent Crime

A person being held at gunpoint can suffer from Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and paranoia. Paranoia is defined as an irrational mistrust of other people, 4 out of 5 victims claim to be more fearful and mistrusting of other people after being held up, claiming also that the effects lasted long after the incident took place.

Kim Kardashian has stated to the media that she has been struggling with her role as a parent since the assault, and breaks down whenever she recalls the incident.

Researchers point out several factors that could increase the PTSD and paranoia after a traumatic event:

  1. If the attack took place close to the victim’s home
  2. If the victim had been experiencing feelings of defeat prior to the attack
  3. Feeling unsupported by others
  4. Lack of sleep

Getting Help After An Attack

Being held at gunpoint can have serious effects on mental and physical health. There is help and hope out there for victims of PTSD.  Support groups for PTSD can be found online, and there are many psychologists trained to deal with victims of PTSD. Turning to friends and family can be another resource as well and allow others to help you find the necessary aid to deal with PTSD.

Sources:

  1. http://www.eonline.com/…/kim-kardashian-robbed-of-11-million-worth-of-jewelry-inside-her-collection
  2. https://www.ptsd.va.gov/…/basics/symptoms_of_ptsd.asp
  3. http://www.inquisitr.com/…/kim-kardashian-unable-to-care-for-saint-north-west-after-robbery-attack-kuwtk-star meltdown
  4. https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/where-to-get-help.asp 

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