Any abuse survivor knows the damage done is more than just emotional. Living in constant fear creates confusion in the mind and keeps a continuous flood of stress hormones circulating in the body. Fatigue may be the easiest symptom to see but it is by far not the only one. A mind in fear is not able to make sound decisions in even the simplest of matters. A body under constant stress often experiences adrenal fatigue, excessive cortisol which creates abdominal fat storage, and cell damage throughout caused by free radicals. The immune system is diminished and the inflammatory response may run continuously, causing arthritis to eat away cartilage.
The process of recovering from abuse needs to include all three aspects to reach a point of happy, healthy living. A good therapist can help you reclaim your mind and guide you until you're able to make good decisions on your own. A healthy diet and exercise routine will help your body but initially may not be enough. Years of abuse does a lot of damage to the body, and not just on the surface. It takes a heavy toll that you may not realize without blood tests, x-rays, and MRI's. Recently I found something that has helped more than any medical procedure or medication ever did.