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Stalking affects the quality of life in a negative way. The person who permanently has to deal with unsolicited contact at tempts feels at the very least harassed. If insults and threats are added on, you can feel attacked, while also being in a state of fear. If the entire interaction lasts for a longer period of time, with the person being stalked seemingly not being able to influence the situation, one could easily feel unprotected and powerless, as well as angry.
Stalking can spoil the joy of life. You experience how your freedom of movement becomes more and more limited everyday, because you always have to think about how to avoid your stalker. As a consequence, a lot of stalking victims show strong symptoms of stress, such as anxiety, restlessness, insomnia and/or depression. In some of the worst cases, it can come to traumatization with longterm effects and possibly to thoughts about suicide.
Some want simply to disappear and make themselves invisible.
They consider a relocation or change of the workplace.
“I just want everything to stop, so I can live normally again”, is a typical thought in this situation.
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