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Relationship Breakdown

Relationship breakdown is the termination of an intimate relationship due to abuse, violence or lack of trust of a partner. When one of the parties in a relationship brings co-habitation to an end, most times, the woman is unprepared for the challenges ahead, not just emotionally, but also in the area of finance and child upbringing.

Effects of Relationship Breakdown: Psychological Trauma

Relationship breakdown is psychologically traumatic –it affects every aspect of an individual’s life. Most often, the individual is tormented by thoughts of inability to manage a relationship, emotions are out of control, and it gets to a point that he/she is forced to accept the finality of what has happened. Children are deeply affected, disturbed and are more likely to feel rejected.

Women from all walks of life, age, social background and religion can experience relationship breakdown. These women carry the burden of pain for too long, due to unpleasant experience which in turn, impacts negatively on their health and wellbeing.

Psychological trauma results from extreme stressful event that shatters a person’s sense of security which leaves the individual feeling helpless. Traumatic experience involves a threat to life, meaning that, any situation that leaves an individual feeling isolated and overwhelmed can be traumatic, even if it does not involve physical harm.

Scientists through brain scan technology revealed that Trauma can change the structure of the brain. J.D. Bremner, M.D., of the Yale University School of Medicine in Atlanta Georgia, carried out a study which indicated that extreme stress could cause immense physical change in the hippocampus and medial prefrontal cortex. These are two areas in the brain involved in memory and emotional response. Therefore, based on the psychological trauma experienced by these women, they undergo undetected but very real physical changes to the brain.

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Other Effects of Relationship Breakdown

 Depression
 Anxiety
 Low self-esteem
 Loneliness
 Insomnia
 Anger
 Loss of trust
 Eating disorder
 Stress
 Mental disorder
 Self-harm
 Suicidal thought


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Swinton, Manchester
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