The Lasting Effects Of Being Held at gunpoint
The Lasting Effects Of Being Held at gunpointThe Lasting Effects Of Being Held at gunpoint

The Lasting Effects Of Being Held at gunpoint

Recently, celebrity Kim Kardashian West was robbed at gunpoint in her Paris hotel room by men disguised as police officers. The men gained entry into Kardashian’s room in disguise and robbed her of 11 million dollars worth in jewelry and cash. According to various media sources she remains traumatized by the event. In an incident like this, being held at gunpoint can leave not just physical scars, but emotional ones too.

PTSD And Paranoia After A Violent Crime

Being held at gunpoint can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), paranoia can be another effect following an attack. Paranoia is defined as an excessive mistrust of others, and researchers found that 4 out of 5 victims became more fearful of other people after being held up and that excessive mistrust, at times, lasted for months after the incident.

While some fears are normal, researchers are worried about additional ill effects PTSD and paranoia can have on a victim of violent crime. In the case of Kim Kardashian, she states she has struggled as a parent and breaks down whenever she recalls the incident.

If a person has been attacked, these sorts of thoughts are to be expected. And paranoid thoughts are much more likely to remain depending upon how they respond both during and after the attack. Researchers pinpointed several factors that can increase a person’s likelihood of developing PTSD and paranoia after being mugged. These include:

  • being attacked close to home
  • feeling defeated at the time
  • excessive worrying afterwards
  • feeling unsupported by others
  • having difficulty sleeping

Getting Help After An Attack

Being the victim of a violent crime can have a profound effect on a person’s mental health and well-being. Besides losing valuables, some people are robbed of the joy and feeling of safety they once held dear. Support groups, counseling, and short-term use of antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, and sleep aids can help a person through the difficulty of being victimized. However, some people turn to self-medication through alcohol and drugs, but don’t treat the underlying causes of their anxiety and often create more problems than they solve.

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