With Expert Advice from Chloe Ward, at Smart TMS
BT.com’s feature ‘7 ways cheating can affect your mental health’ explores how being unfaithful in a relationship can cause serious emotional trauma.
The article explains:
“Mental health charity Mind says that building and maintaining good relationships with others is key to ensuring a healthy mental wellbeing. But what happens to our mental health when the relationship we have with our partner – often the relationship we value the most – is affected by cheating?”
Chloe Ward, TMS Technician at Smart TMS, who has a BSc in Psychology and MSc in Counselling Psychology, was invited to give her expert opinion for the article.
The first of 7 ways cheating can impact on mental health was Self-Esteem, as a lack of confidence is a very common reaction to being cheated on.
“Research has confirmed what so many of us already knew: that being cheated on affects our confidence and inflicts this feeling of, ‘Why I was not good enough?'”
The article continues:
“Having low self-esteem can snowball into a vicious cycle of negative thinking. When cheating has occurred, a person may blame themselves for their partner’s infidelity, feel hopeless about the future or be unable to recognise their worth in their friendships and career.”
6 more of the 7 devastating consequences of cheating on a person’s mental health were listed in the article:
- Loneliness and isolation
- Self-harm and suicidal thoughts
- Eating disorders
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Recreational drug use and binge drinking
The article concludes:
“If you are suffering from any anxiety, or any emotional trauma that is leading to behaviour that is unusual for you, always speak to your GP.”
Read the full article on the BT.com website: http://home.bt.com/lifestyle/health/wellness/7-ways-cheating-can-affect-your-mental-health-11364269798299
Chloe Ward, TMS Technician
Chloe has BSc in Psychology and MSc in Counselling Psychology. She works at Smart TMS, the UK’s leading mental health clinic specialising in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) to patients who may be suffering from a physical or a mental problem such as depression, anxiety, OCD or addiction.
rTMS is a non-invasive treatment which works directly on the areas of the brain associated with the mental health issue presented. It involves no surgery, anaesthesia or sedation and does not have the side effects associated with antidepressants.
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