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How can bite attacks mentally impact victims?

On Behalf of | Mar 10, 2020 | Animal Bites & Attacks

New Jersey residents who fall victim to bite attacks do not always get over this trauma fast. For many, it is an ongoing and excruciating battle. Today we will look at one area of affect that bite attacks may have. We will look at the mental impact bites result in and how it changes a victim’s life. 

The physical damage brought on by bite attacks is often severe. This is one of many reasons why it is a topic of focus. But mental and emotional scarring are often as severe as physical scarring. Many victims need years of therapy to get past the suffering they face. Some never return to the mental state they were in before the attack. 

Victims often form phobias in relation to an attack. Cynophobia and agoraphobia are common. Cynophobia is the fear of dogs. Agoraphobia is the fear of leaving one’s house or going outside. This often happens when a victim is too terrified of the possibility of running into dogs. They do not want to risk it, so they stay indoors. 

Attacks often exacerbate mental illnesses. Victims with depression or anxiety find their conditions worsening. Those with no prior symptoms of mental health issues may experience some during this period as well. More severe problems like post-traumatic stress disorder also occur. 

Are you interested in reading more about dog bite attacks? Do you want to learn about the impact bite attacks have on victims? Our linked web page here continues the discussion. We talk about the ways bite attacks affect victims and impact their lives.