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Children Raised In Mentally Abusive Environment
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
Could an abusive (physical, emotional and mental) childhood make you as an adult be abusive toward your own 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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rash on just back of hand. Returned after bruising 1st time. Itchy burning and pink . Raised areas. No environment changes. cause?
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
You can try: Despite today's emphasis on preventing bullying by peers, a child or teen can do little about emotional abuse in the home. Pretending to love the parents until escape is possible is often the best junior can do. But it's very much worth telling teachers, your physician ("family counseling"), pastor. If they lay a finger on you or wake you up at night to scream at you, call the police. ...Read more
Mental Abuse: There is an old saying that if you think you have a problem you probably do. Abuse can be intentional or not. The important thing is how do you feel? If you are "walking on eggshells" something is wrong.. Again the other person my not know they are hurting you but you can still feel abused. Either way it is not "your fault." it is good to talk these things out with someone. Therapist? ...Read more
Mental Abuse: When you feel restricted in expressing your thoughts, feelings, have to stay on egg shells all the time, fear what the other person may say or react when you say or act certain way, these are signs of abuse. ...Read more
Profoundly: Child abuse can have a variety of effects on children. Once safety is re-established and physical harm treated, emotional harm can be assessed. The ability of children to trust others and changes in what to expect in relationships are often the most profound psychological injuries. Post traumatic stress disorder and depression are also extremely common. Therapy can help all of this. ...Read more
Yes indeed!: This is a sad reflection on parenthood. It is, however a complex issue that is not easily solved. ...Read more
A LOT: Child abuse is an under-reported factor in many mental illnesses like depression, anxiety disorders, etc. It's also linked to chronic pain conditions like chronic pelvic pain, fibromyalgia, ibs, etc. It's not a direct "this causes that" phenomenon, but people are whole beings and respond to events on many levels at the same time. If your primary caretakers harm you, it does not inspire trust. ...Read more
The death of trust: A kids self concept is relatively set by the age of 6-8. The parent or parents provide the most important trust relationship in that formative period. If the parent (who they idolize by default) tells them they are worthless or variations of the same, the ability to trust can die & self concept is wounded. Many adult problems or addictions reflect a desire to fill the void left by this wound. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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