It would be a good idea to consider in seeing a counsellor or psychologist one that specialises in sexual assault cases so they can evaluate and assess your condition and give you the answers you may need.
Sometimes if you may have had any nightmares about the sexual assault recently then this could re-play in your mind when your alert and play on your conscience.
However seeking help from a mental health professional is the way to go, so you can have a peace of mind knowing what is triggering these feelings.
In some circumstances if a survivor of any sexual assault eg moves house, ( this itself can cause anxiety and worry for the survivor, as they fear they are in unknown territory and that they feel unsafe and that the perpertrator will find them) in this situation this can cause the survivor to start to feel worried and unsafe, or something in the new neighbourhood may remind the survivor of the sexual abuse eg, if there is a park across the road, this can trigger ill feelings and thoughts especially if the sexual abuse occurred in a park. We call this ‘Free Association’, where we associate a current event or trigger which is linked to something similar that occurred in our past.
Our mind automatically registers this ‘Free Association’, and it can cause a person to feel and re-think things about what had happended to them previously in similar surroundings and objects.
Some of the reasons why people may have negative thoughts about any past sexual assault incidences, especially if these thoughts have re-surfaced in the present, may consist one or more of the following, however please remember this is only a guide only,as each person needs to be thoroughlly assessed by a mental health professional for an accurate diagnosis.
1. If nightmares have started up again
2. Moving house
3. Change of job
4. Feeling anxiety, and worrying more than before about anything
5. Entering a new sexual relationship
6. If you are being abused in any other way by others eg emotional abuse, verbal, financial abuse
7. If you are sexually harrassed in the workplace can trigger bad memories of the assault.
8. Feeling depressed due to unknown reasons and changes in mood for unknown reasons
9. If you are taking any medications, maybe if there are any side effects of these medications to cause eg. anxiety etc,,,,,
10. If maybe you have made any direct or indirect contact with the sexual- perpetrator, can trigger more bad memories all over again
11. If you have experienced any other losses in your life at the moment eg. loss of relationship or a loss of job
12. If you are suffering from low self esteem
13. If you saw someone that reminded you of the perpetrator which made you feel angry
14 If you are suffering from PTSD - (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) which can only be diagnosed by a psychologist, psychiatrist or your GP.
15. if somebody you know told you that they were assaulted, this can trigger your past memories of your own past sexual assault.
I hope the above may assist you, however my advice would be to seek urgent assistance from a mental health professional like a counsellor or psychologist who deal with sexual assault counselling.
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