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Doctor insights on: Children Raised In Mentally Abusive Environment

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How specific is raised GGT as a marker of alcohol abuse?

How specific is raised GGT as a marker of alcohol abuse?

Not: Liver disease or damage will elevate ggt--but it is elevated in 75% of pts with chronic alcoholism and can b used to follow drinkers. ...Read more

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If hitting and screaming at your kids is "abuse" then why do so many of my friends parents do it and my dad and all his friends were raised the same?

If hitting and screaming at your kids is "abuse" then why do so many of my friends parents do it and my dad and all his friends were raised the same?

Definitions vary: I remember interviewing a mom whose neglected kids were frail ; undernourished.Asking about her thoughts about abuse or neglect, she told me her grandparents chained her to a stake under the porch as a kid, so she knew what abuse was. Her neglect was not intentional and she didn't see it as such. People raised with this may not accept it as abuse.That does not mean it is not. ...Read more

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Could an abusive (physical, emotional and mental) childhood make you as an adult be abusive toward your own children?

Could an abusive (physical, emotional and mental) childhood make you as an adult be abusive toward your own children?

Yes: Family violence is often a multi-generational problem.Realizing that tendency and having a therapeutic intervention is one way to break the cycle. ...Read more

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Is it mental abuse for daycare workers to argue with parents in front of children?

Is it mental abuse for daycare workers to argue with parents in front of children?

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

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If someone has borderlinepd, what's the chance that their sibling, raised in the same environment, has it also?

If someone has borderlinepd, what's the chance that their sibling, raised in the same environment, has it also?

More likely: Some research shows that if there's one person diagnosed with borderline pd in a family, then siblings may be 10 times more likely than others to have borderline pd also. Some work has also been done with identical and fraternal twins, showing there's some genetic heritability. Of course environment is a huge factor in whether this expresses fully or not. One should feel cautious, not doomed. ...Read more

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If an adult has anorexia and is cutting which is self abuse and is in therapy can they be committed to medical environment to be treated.?

If an adult has anorexia and is cutting which is self abuse and is in therapy can they be committed to medical environment to be treated.?

Judgment call: "danger to self" due to mental illness is grounds for a short-term (usually 3 day) commitment in a psychiatric facility. It can be extended if the danger persists. But laws vary from state to state, and what counts as "danger" varies too. Clear intent to commit suicide always counts, but self-starvation and cutting may not, unless they are extreme. The therapist may offer input on this. ...Read more

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Can a hostile work environment and severe psychological abuse by your employer cause PTSD?

Can a hostile work environment and severe psychological abuse by your employer cause PTSD?

Stress reaction: PTSD is a formal psychiatric diagnosis for a syndrome of that occur in veterans after military service or other people subjected to prolonged and inescapable severe stress. Hostile work environments can be extremelyunpleasant, but they are more likely to cause an acute (short-term) stress reaction that will eventually resolve. Importanly, you can leave the work environment to lower the stress. ...Read more

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What is the medical model of abuse in children?

What is the medical model of abuse in children?

Abuse and neglect: The medical model says that any child who is actively harmed physically or sexually or who is neglected or left in harms way or to fend for themselves then such treatment needs to be reported to child protective services as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Can drug abuse cause mental health problems?

Can drug abuse cause mental health problems?

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