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Do frequent nightmares indicate some kind of repressed child molestation?

Do frequent nightmares indicate some kind of repressed child molestation?

NO: No, nightmares, even very frequent ones, when taken alone are not specific at all for previous abuse. What that means is that while some people who are abused might get nightmares, most people who have frequent nightmares are not abused. Therefore, frequent nightmares cannot be taken to be a good indicator for previous abuse experience. ...Read more

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Nightmares (Definition)

Also known as "dream anxiety disorder," this is a condition characterized by frequent nightmares. The nightmares, which often portray the individual in a situation that jeopardizes his or her life or personal safety, occur during the ...Read more


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What emotional disorder can cause a person to have irrational outbursts of violent behavior?

What emotional disorder can cause a person to have irrational outbursts of violent behavior?

See PCP in Person!: Diagnosis is serious detective work. 2 do it well docs need 2 have as much background info & evidence in favor and against a particular diagnosis. There r many brain & body conditions that could underlie violent outbursts, so it could be harmful 2even list any possibilities. The risks r too great: this person could end up harming her/himself or others. The first step is 2see pcp 4 physical exam. ...Read more

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How can you define mental illness behaviour or just plain odd behaviour from people that just have different ways of doing things ?

How can you define mental illness behaviour or just plain odd behaviour from people that just have different ways of doing things ?

Odd behavior: is not an issue unless it interferes with your success at work, school or with interpersonal relationships. if the issue has persisted for more than 6 months you may just be dealing with a personality trait or style. Psychopathology requires that one is at risk for harm to self or others. I hope this is a useful starting point ( without delving into specifics) ...Read more

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I have suffer with post tramtic stress disorder from a lot of abuse not from war .Sexual menatal verbal differnt people. But don't get sad more mad now?

I have suffer with post tramtic stress disorder from a lot of abuse not from war .Sexual menatal verbal differnt people. But don't get sad more mad now?

Anger is part of : Ptsd. If your anger is excessive that can cause pain for you and the people around you. If you anger easily, snap at others, your anger level is far too high for the situation, it is triggered far too easily - these are reasons for getting professional help. Anger is a normal emotion but when it begins to predominate things - that impacts on quality of life. Select a therapist w ptsd experience. ...Read more

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Do you have experience of dental trauma victims and personality change?

Do you have experience of dental trauma victims and personality change?

Not sure: Do you mean someone that has had an accident or someone that went to a dentist and suffered trauma? I would imagine that any trauma can leave an emotional scar. Hopefully the person can rationalize the situation and overcome any negative personality traits that do not work well in their lives. ...Read more

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Am i repressing a memory of sexual abuse? What are the signs of repression?

Am i repressing a memory of sexual abuse? What are the signs of repression?

Often when someone: Is repressing traumatic memories they have dreams which don't make sense to them or flashbacks out of context with what is happening in their life. Sometimes they have no memories at all from childhood (not just forgetting things below age 5 or so, but of their entire childhood.) problems in intimate relations also are a signconsider talking to a therapist and seeing if there might be some trauma. ...Read more

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Which emotional disorder could cause a person to have irrational outbursts of violent behavior?

Which emotional disorder could cause a person to have irrational outbursts of violent behavior?

Several: It is a key feature of intermittent explosive disorder. However, other emotional disorders can lead to mood instability which might end up with violent episodes. Is the person in touch with reality? It not look towards psychotic disorders. Possibly a mood disorder in a manic episode which can manifest in irritability and impulsivity. Look for substance and alcohol abuse too. Get help! ...Read more

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Why do people with epilepsy sometimes show violent behavior after having a seizure?

Why do people with epilepsy sometimes show violent behavior after having a seizure?

Actually rare: After a seizure, there may be an extended post-ictal phase, where a individual is confused and disoriented. Emotional responses could create fear and even terror and a violent or combative rxtn might ensue.. Many of these situations have been seen with complex partial szs, and may be found more commonly with pts who possess psychiatric co-morbidities. ...Read more

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What kind of physical symptoms are caused by dissociative identity disorder, like low libido, spacing out unable to hear what people say, memory loss?

What kind of physical symptoms are caused by dissociative identity disorder, like low libido, spacing out unable to hear what people say, memory loss?

These are many: People with dissociation experience many physical sensations. Headaches are extremely common. Abdominal pain is less common but not uncommon. Pain in the vaginal and uterine areas is not uncommon. If the person is still being abused and being hurt by someone, then there can be bite marks, whip marks, bruises from beatings, broken bones, and some things that are simply too gross to describe here. It is important to decide whether the symptoms are occurring in the present or whether they are occurring as a result of memories from the past. This is not always easily done. I have seen women who have spent years in wheelchairs and who have been declared paralyzed, even by some of the most prestigious universities in this country. It never took more than one or two hours of therapy to find the underlying truth of their trauma to free them from the ravages of paralysis. Some of these women were paralyzed for up to 15 years. The list of symptoms is as varied as the human body. I have seen things that i never thought were possible, such as the eyes suddenly darting down into the sockets so that i could only see the whites of the person's eyes. Fortunately in that case i knew the woman's neurologist in the practice right down the hall from you so i immediately brought him in and i asked him if he had ever seen anything like that and he responded "not in a live person. So, your answer is a long one and yet very incomplete. I hope that for you the symptoms are few and that you will thrive even as you relive some of the past that caused you to dissociate in the first place. ...Read more

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Is the murder of innocent people related to really bad post-traumatic stress disorder?

Is the murder of innocent people related to really bad post-traumatic stress disorder?

It can be: But most murders are not related to ptsd. Much more often ptsd patients are quietly tortured by the illness and are not violent. ...Read more

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What are some signs of emotional & physical abuse of a child?

What are some signs of emotional & physical abuse of a child?

Many: This is a tough question to answer briefly. However, some signs would include a variety of emotional problems (anxiety, anger, depression) as well as an increase in behavioral problems. There is a greater likelihood of decreased school performance, increased risk-taking behaviors, and substance use in teens. In teens there may also be episodes of self-harming behaviors, such as cutting. ...Read more

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Having stressful dreams about not graduating from uni/college because of lack of attendance...Even though in reality completed. What does it mean?

Having stressful dreams about not graduating from uni/college because of lack of attendance...Even though in reality completed. What does it mean?

To analyze a dream: It takes more than just the story line. Dreams are symbolic and the symbolism is different for every individual. To do it justice, you would need to free associate to all parts of the dream and a therapist could then help you interpret what it means for you. There are also different ways to interpret dreams. I enjoy helping people understand their dreams, but would need to work with you do it. ...Read more

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At what age do abusive behaviors are no longer considered part of a "traumatic childhood"?

At what age do abusive behaviors are no longer considered part of a "traumatic childhood"?

Surviving abuse: Thank you for asking this. I myself have been diagnosed late in life with post traumatic stress from a very violent childhood. This history may lead to incredible healing if you are willing to work on why at your age the abuse is still painful. There are numerous resources and groups who can help you heal. But, if you are still hurting that is okay. You are normal. Please ask for help. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some social or cultural impacts of a measles outbreak?

Can you tell me some social or cultural impacts of a measles outbreak?

Vaccinate: While there may be social or cultural impacts of a measles outbreak the more critical issue is one of not vaccinating. The number of lives that have been saved due to successful vaccination campaigns by far out weighs any risk due to the actual vaccination. To some it is a rather contentious issue but i can't stress enough the importance of vaccinations. ...Read more

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What are some signs of mental illness in a child?

What are some signs of mental illness in a child?

Erratic behavior: Mental illness is an extremely broad term. Any obvious and persistent abnormal behavior might be questioned. ...Read more

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What are some signs of depression when coping with the death of a parent?

What are some signs of depression when coping with the death of a parent?

Grief vs depression: Grief and extreme sadness are a normal reaction to the loss of a parent. Depression may also be triggered by this type of loss. I would recommend seeing a therapist to help work through the grief and determine if there is depression present independent of the grief. If there is difficulty functioning in daily life past a month it may be depression on top of the grief. Therapy helps both. ...Read more

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A relative may be suffering from narcissistic personality disorder. What are some ways we can cope with her guilt trips and other NPD behaviors?

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A relative may be suffering from narcissistic personality disorder. What are some ways we can cope with her guilt trips and other NPD behaviors?

Wizard behind screen: An initially difficult to comprehend condition it is characterized by: lack of empathy, blame, self-inflation, sometimes obsequious when they want something, and they are drawn to power, money, and compliments. Ultimately ii is always about them. They encourage idealization, won't admit any weaknesses, and encourage others to believe that anything that goes wrong is someone else's fault - yours. ...Read more

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What kinds of memories are forgotten when someone suffers from dissociative amnesia?

What kinds of memories are forgotten when someone suffers from dissociative amnesia?

Traumatic ones: Dissociation is usually a symptom of extreme trauma. It is a way the mind prevents being overwhelmed by traumatic experiences. It also occurs with some drugs and alcohol. In the latter case memories are lost for the intoxicated state. ...Read more

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Bad Dreams (Definition)

Bad dreams is a symptom in which a person remembers dreams that are stressful to him, such as scary dreams, dreams of getting chased by attackers, dreams of suffering ...Read more


Child Molestation (Definition)

Child molestation is a term for the sexual abuse of children, which can cause future depression and anxiety ...Read more