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Can Emotional Abuse Cause Ptsd
Emotional trauma: Is the primary cause of ptsd. Fear and horror are much more relevant than physical injury. The threat of injury or death is just as harmful as actual injury (obviously actual death would eliminate ptsd). Also, emotional trauma can cause many things besides ptsd, such as depression and other forms of anxiety. All effects of emotional trauma can benefit from psychotherapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multiple problems: The majority of mentally ill people are not violent. However, there are some combinations of risk factors that can make a mentally ill person more prone to violence: not taking medication as prescribed plus substance abuse plus anger management problems plus a major stressor that threatens the ego or self image plus a personality disorder and/or attachment problems from childhood. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Uncertain: Stress can cause emotional disturbances and mental trauma which certainly affect the human physiology. The consequences are in the form of increased likelihood of developing many other diseases such as High BP, Depression, Migraine, heart disease and possibly Cancer. However it has been difficult to show this correlation in an individual. So we suspect there is relationship but there is ?proof. ...Read more
Breakdown?: I'm not sure what you picture when saying "emotional breakdowns." depersonalization disorder involves persistent or recurrent experiences of feeling detached from one's own mental processes or body. There is significant distress in social, occupational, and other areas of functioning. People with this disorder more often complain of feeling "numb" than of being emotionally over-reactive. ...Read more
Yes.: A traumatic experience, by definition, temporarily overwhelms a person's ability to cope with it. Ptsd can be extremely distressing and long lasting if not treated properly. Suicide is an act of desperation to stop pain or distress that is unbearable when the person sees no other alternative. It is important to know there are effective ways to treat ptsd. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Only if the patient: Already has a seizure disorder. If some has post-traumatic epilepsy, idiopathic epilepsy, etc, then emotional stress can lower the seizure threshold. If someone has no neurologic reason for seizures, and has never had a seizure, then emotional stress will not cause them. They may cause something called a pseudo-seizure, but these are not true neurologic seizures. ...Read more
Depends on the abuse: I have worked w/ 1000's of individuals who were abused as children. The range of outcomes is very diverse, depending on the type of abuse, the number of abusers, the severity of abuse (painfulness, intrusiveness, whether done under threats), innate resourcefulness of the victim, social support network, etc. Some children were so overwhelmed by the abuse they developed multiple personality dx. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Individuals with adhd may have a problem with impulsivity which may be mistaken for emotional immaturity. Being unable to understand directions may make a person seem immature. Being overwhelmed by environmental stimuli may make a person seem immature. Accompanying adhd may be a slow speed of mental processing, making following conversations in a group difficult and making responses delayed. ...Read more
Yes: Marijuana use temporarily relieves depression/anxiety and withdrawal exacerbates this. Withdrawal can take weeks to resolve. Several years ago, a study comparing daily users to a normal population found a lower incidence of depression in marijuana users suggesting a treatment of depression by marijuana. However, too many side effects and varying serum levels make it a poor choice for rx. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes.: Drug abuse has been associated with a number of different mental health problems. Mood changes (depression, anger outbursts), impulsive behavior, psychosis, anxiety, social withdrawal, lack of motivation are all common consequences of drug abuse. There are studies that show specific mental health problems associated with certain drugs. ...Read more
Absolutely: Stress of any kind is well known to cause physical illness.Please read http://divorcesupport.About.Com/od/abusiverelationships/qt/repressed_emotions.Htm you do not have to live this way. Books that i recommend to patients in this situation include the sociopath next door by martha stout (mar 14, 2006) and a dance with the devil: a true story of marriage to a psychopath by barbara bentley (2008). ...Read more
Can the trauma of verbal and emotional abuse from a bipolar spouse cause the "healthy" partner to develop mental illness such as depression or anxiety?
Mental Health: Yes. Of course.Get a more detailed answer ›
Absolutely: Although alcohol usually relieves anxiety in the short term, heavy or chronic use often increases anxiety. This is especially true during alcohol withdrawal, with anxiety, racing heart, sweating, etc. In addition to alcohol's physical effects, many alcoholics are anxious about losing jobs and friends, getting into legal or financial trouble, etc. Alcoholism is not a calm existence at all. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sort of: Those with ptsd can have a variety of symptoms, e.g., flashbacks of the trauma, hyperalertness, or overreaction to casual statements that can look quite like psychosis. Usually, though these are transient and related directly to the trauma. Effective treatment of the ptsd typically makes the symptoms go away. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Amphetamines can mimic mania, and both amphetamine use and mania can provoke hypersexual activity. "deviant" is here a difficult word to understand--whether you mean it colloquially or in an older sense referring to abnormal (now called "paraphilic"). But in general, impulses of many kinds--sexual, aggressive, risky--that one might not want to act on can be disinhibited and exaggerated by both. ...Read more
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