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Child Of Alcoholics
What is the medical term for the mental problems of codependency/adult child of alcoholic/para-alcoholic?
There isn't one: Since each person may experience a situation differently, many outcomes are possible. If pathology is there, it might be diagnosed differently. "codependent" is a common term, but it isn't a medical one. Depression and anxiety are frequent in people with such backgrounds. Sometimes they can also end up with compulsive personality features. Many other possibilities also. ...Read more
Combination things: Likelihood of abuse with three elements:child with provocative behavior;parent with psychological predisposition;stressful event triggering violent reaction. Social&cultural, in addition to psychological and familial, factors have been described,dispelling the widely accepted myth that child abuse results solely from individual deviant behavior.Series of stresses that impinge on parents & children ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The basic issue: Severe anxiety is what drives the alcoholic to drink alcohol (a potent anxiolytic). Sometimes anxiety is expressed as "control issues", and inflexibilty, and an inability to "go with the flow". Anxiety has been shown to run in families. So, the answer is yes. If you live with someone who suffers from alcoholism, get to al-anon, or go to aa meetings that are "open meetings". ...Read more
Go to...Ygoy.com: Year 2008 -59.5 % of women above 16 years were either working or looking for work in the US. 46.5 % of the total labor force of the US are women. Will go up to 47 % in the year 2016. Working women will increase of 49 % in the total labor force between the year 2006-2016. In USA 61% (8th in the world) 1950-1998. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hard to say: Geneticists estimate that each of us carry a few recessive genes that will not harm us, but when paired with another can produce a baby with things like CF, sickle cell, and any of thousands of metabolic disorders like PKU.Marriage between close relatives increases this risk.You can get tested for the recessive gene in some cases, so having a consultation with a geneticist may help you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Serious and Numerous: This is a big topic. There can be both short term and long term effects from childhood abuse and neglect. The consequences of being abused as a child can be mild or severe with problems in the areas of depression, anxiety, suicidality, substance abuse and criminality-but those aren't all. Some great information is at the website for child welfare information gateway. http://www.childwelfare.gov/. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Often not: Although child abuse certainly can lead to attachment problems, most children with attachment issues were not abused. Most commonly, it results from a mismatch of child needs and parenting style. Other contributing factors can be adoption or parent illness or death when children are very young. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not like this: Alcoholism is an addiction. This is a craving for something, in this case alcohol, which causes physical and mental distress and dysfunction unless the substance is ingested. If your alcoholic intake is social as you described, it is not an addiction. If you drink in private, consuming glass after glass, you might have a problem. ...Read more
If a mother's and/or father's abuse of drugs or alcohol throughout their lifetimes affect the health of their children?
I agree, parents: Are role models for their children. They are learning to drink. In addition, their children are at high risk to either become alcoholics or marry one. There is also a strong hereditary factor which make the risk of becoming addicted higher. Sons of alcoholic fathers ; daughters of alcoholic mothers are at highest risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Combination things: Likelihood of abuse with three elements:child with provocative behavior;parent with psychological predisposition;stressful event triggering violent reaction. Social&cultural, in addition to psychological and familial, factors have been described,dispelling the widely accepted myth that child abuse results solely from individual deviant behavior.Series of stresses that impinge on parents & ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A lot: You sound correctly concerned.Now let's confer with an excellent psychiatrist . For you! for the kids ! ...Read more
Certainly no help: Whether or not this constitutes mental abuse is probably a matter of degree and definition. The obvious question is why this conversation was begun in the presence of the children, and how it degenerated into an argument. Neither party appears to be acting like thoughtful adults, and the children will certainly not benefit from observing and then potentially copying this behavior. ...Read more
Suggestions: If the child with autism had a genetic microarray & dna probe for fragile x, his/her parents may be willing to share the results. Also, a 3-generation family history of the prospective father and mother is warranted, not just for autism, but for other medical and psychiatric conditions that may be related. A prenatal genetic counselor (www.Nsgc.Org) may then be able to discuss risks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: If either parent uses alcohol, the most well developed support group for this purpose is al-anon. If the addiction is to drugs, and no alcohol is involved, the less well developed support group nar-anon would be the best choice. If nar-anon is not available, codependents anonymous would also be useful. ...Read more
Does anyone know if there are any aa meetings for the children of alcoholics (the kids not being alcoholics)?
Yes: Yes i agree with other answer, al-anon is for any family member or friend affected by someone else's alcoholism, however there is also a specific 12 step group for adult children of alcoholics. If in a big enough city it is actually amazing how many different kinds of 12 step meetings there are. There is also ala-teen and ala-tot for kids and teens. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It happens: As a pathologist, the emotional autopsy following a homicide or suicide is part of our work. Bullying is deplorable and the fact that we ignored it for centuries or considered it "part of building character" is equally deplorable. Despite all the attention it is rightly getting, i believe that more child / teen suicides result from emotional or physical abuse by parents than by peers. ...Read more