Over the past few weeks 5 News has brought you stories of people being held against their will. Whether nationally, like in the cases in Ohio, or right here at home.
But once those stories are over, it's still hard for the victims that have been held captive for so long to adapt to their "new lives." Being free from the people that caused them harm for days, weeks, months, or even years. Traumas such as these can make living day to day hard. Most people would think that after being held for such a long time a victim would just escape. But today 5 news learned that's simply not the case.
"A lot of people would like to think that once a person was freed from a captor that would be the end of the story. But that's not the case. The effects of trauma can linger for a very long time. Until the trauma is processed." said Dr. Linda Gantt, of Intensive Trauma Therapy, Inc. in Morgantown.
Much like with cases involving Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, flash backs of a situation often occur, and these survivors have little to no trust left in them.
"After an event it is very difficult for a person to get beyond that fight/ flight response, and if that's the case they go into what we call
foreign intention. Once a person gets trapped then the verbal part of the brain essentially goes off line." said Gantt
Local psychologists also hope that people understand that time doesn't heal all wounds, and it often takes awhile for victims that were held in captivity to accept what they've gone through. so they can put it into a safe perspective to start to move on.