The Effects of Stalking, comment


Stalking is clearly an issue that needs serious attention. Not only can an individual who is a victim of stalking exhibit symptoms of mental distress such as anxiety, depression, and paranoia to name a few, physical manifestations of the stress of stalking are also evident. As mentioned in the original post, GI issues often appear in individuals with high levels of stress. Ulcers have also been known to originate as a result of high levels of stress. When taking all of these symptoms into consideration it is evident that stalking is an issue that needs serious attention. If these symptoms are left unattended other pathological issues may ensue. I feel that often times stalking is taken much lighter than it should be. It seems that stalking is only over considered an issue once it is too late. Stalking is often very visible in the news among the famous. Yet stalking occurs to people of all social standing and needs to be treated as a serious issue. People in the medical field need to be especially vigilant of possible signs of abuse or stalking and take the necessary steps to aid the victim.
Original Post

August 27, 2009

Title: The effects of Stalking

Stalking is an act of imposing unwanted behaviors such as constant threats, frequent calls and vandalized acts that usually intimidates or threatens ones physical or mental well-being, which can effect the overall health status of the victim. Because of its negative consequences on one’s heath status stalking is considered a major public health issue. A stalker’s actions are to instill fear, control or manipulate their victims, who are in some cases the ex-intimate partner usually who were also, usually subjected to violent encounters during the relationship. In some situations, stalking has been known to escalate and become violent and fatal. The effects of stalking infringes on human rights by destabilizing ones physical and mental status such as the lost of a sense of  feeling safe which can cause these individuals to isolate themselves or make dramatic life style changes to compensate for the lost. A lot of the emotional/physical/mental health effects are the result of stress and fear secondary to the stalking behavior, for example many are diagnosed with panic attacks/anxiety disorders, hypertension and GI disorders. It destroys the individuals’ spirit to a point of becoming suspicious and distrustful toward society or and developing anti-social behavior such as violence tendencies, substance or alcohol abuse. Knowledge of forensic principles/ guidelines and the use of universal screening arm nurses with assessment skills which enables in identifying patterns or signs of abuse and address any health and safety issues that may accompany the victim. Proper documentation of findings and collection of evidence, reporting occurrences to appropriate authorities and connecting victims with appropriate referral/resources are efforts on the part of the forensic nurse in seeking justice for the victim and curving or decreasing the cycle of violence/abuse.

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