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What are the consequences (emotions, relationship, etc.) on an adult person of emotionally distant parents during childhood?

What are the consequences (emotions, relationship, etc.) on an adult person of emotionally distant parents during childhood?

Distant parents: This is difficult in 400 words. Your first learning was from your parents. You pattern you life on your past learning. You are an adult now and the consequences are choices. You can chose your behaviors and those choices will determine your feelings and how you treat others and feel about it. That determines how you feel about your self and your parents. You do have control. ...Read more

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Would being a victim of child molestation hinder my sex life and thoughts as an adult?

Would being a victim of child molestation hinder my sex life and thoughts as an adult?

Yes!: While adverse childhood experiences can have negative affects later in life, getting treatment, especially talk therapy, can improve quality of life dramatically. Many patients who have had the courage to explore negative childhood experiences with a trusted and experienced psychologist or psychotherapist definitely report improvement in many areas of their life. ...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 fair to have a psychological evaluation when you are sad and depress? The court ordered psychological evaluation on the parents. One parent who had custody of the child for 16 years temporary loss custody and the child was given to the abusive paren

Is it fair to have a psychological evaluation when you are sad and depress? The court ordered psychological evaluation on the parents. One parent who had custody of the child for 16 years temporary loss custody and the child was given to the abusive paren

A : A good court evaluator would take into consideration all aspects of the parental care of the minor child. It is certainly understandable that the circumstances described would create great stress for the custodial parent and could contribute to the mood disorder described. However, if that parent had custody for 16 years, it is reasonable to assume that the child is at least 16 years of age and certainly in many state jurisdictions has a say about which parent he/she wishes to live with. It is not stated why the long term custodial parent lost custody nor what the nature of the alleged abuse might have been. These are the very factors, especially the adolescent's viewpoint that a competent evaluator would be taking into account. ...Read more

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In physically & mentally fit person hypersexuality ( irrespective of age) is normal phenomrnon or can we label it as addiction ?

In physically & mentally fit person hypersexuality ( irrespective of age) is normal phenomrnon or can we label it as addiction ?

That depends: Some people have a really strong sex drive - if it doesn't interfere with other aspects of their life then it is likely not an addiction. ...Read more

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Which types of questions would a drug and alcohol abuse counselor ask a client?

Which types of questions would a drug and alcohol abuse counselor ask a client?

Depends: Generally an evaluation consists of questions about a persons relationship to drug use. This usually involves a good history, patterns , consequences etc. We try to understand what has the person had experienced in all spheres of life and who they are in this and why. ...Read more

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Is there a higher incidence of shopping addiction in people who are learning disabled with impulse control issues?

Is there a higher incidence of shopping  addiction in  people who are learning disabled with impulse control  issues?

Probably not: I have never seen any research on this. However, usually "shopping addiction" is a way to reduce anxiety or fear which can stem from various sources. ...Read more

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After a childhood of sexual abuse, bullying and parental neglect, how can someone as an adult bring themselves to trust again?

After a childhood of sexual abuse, bullying and parental neglect, how can someone as an adult bring themselves to trust again?

Therapy: With someone who is trained in working with victims of abuse and neglect. You also want to find someone that you can feel somewhat comfortable with. You can find a local psychologist here: locator.Apa.Org ask about special experience in working with survivors of trauma and neglect. Be well. ...Read more

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What are warning signs for youth considering committing violent acts against others? @drpam

What are warning signs for youth considering committing violent acts against others? @drpam

Psychologists' views: I interviewed experts for this article on school violence in '01. It was published on webmd and picked up widely (as on site below). Sadly it is still needed. If there are more current views, please add an answer or comments after reading this: http://www.Mombu.Com/politics/guns/t-opinion-blood-in-the-schoolyard-10495655.Html. ...Read more

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A relative with BorderlinePD is now living with an untreated Bipolar PD boyfriend, against all advice. Can we expect mutual countertransfer effects?

A relative with BorderlinePD is now living with an untreated Bipolar PD boyfriend, against all advice. Can we expect mutual countertransfer effects?

Hmm: Countertransferance is actually something that can occur in a therapist in the context of therapy. Is there a possibility for some intense and at time - unstable interactions? Yes - there is. ...Read more

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Which is considered spousal abuse: if one feeds a severely obese spouse or withholds food from such spouse?

Which is considered spousal abuse: if one feeds a severely obese spouse or withholds food from such spouse?

Depends on dfn: Although both practices could be considered abusive in some form, by convention the withholding of food would fit the conventional use of the term. The term "enabler " would be used specifically to describe anyone who assists one with their self destructive activities. ...Read more

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Is child abuse a causative factor for domestic violence? What are your thoughts?

Cause or result: Family violence is a multi-generational process.Kids who experience/witness it at home from people they otherwise love, will grow up to continue the pattern.Often kids are the victims of family violence/abuse because they aren't skilled enough to realize when they are in danger or agile enough to get out of the way. The process is a merry go round of recurring dysfunction & all loose in the process. ...Read more

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What factors or variables increase an adult's vulnerability to drug-facililiated sexual assault?

What factors or variables increase an adult's vulnerability to drug-facililiated sexual assault?

Vulnerability: Here's a starter list: Willingness to take any recreational substances, low-self-esteem, confidence, control, discipline. Boredom, loneliness, depression, poor judgement, bad environment,etc. Let's talk of good defenses: Opposites of the above! Find a source of support - from solid, safe activity groups like gym, yoga, meditation -thru- individual or group therapy. Be safe. Be strong. Be sober. ...Read more

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Is emotional abuse more damaging than other kinds of child abuse?

Is emotional abuse more damaging than other kinds of child abuse?

Sometimes: All types of abuse (emotional, physical, & sexual) are damaging. The extent of damage may be more severe for emotional or sexual abuse than for physical abuse. However, the extent of damage also has to do with the severity, frequency, and duration of abuse and the individual child's temperament, vulnerability to mental illness, support system, etc. Let's all pull together to help stop child abuse! ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are adult children of an alcoholic more prone to become alcoholics then the general public?

Can you tell me, are adult children of an alcoholic more prone to become alcoholics then the general public?

Yes: Both because of the potential trauma growing up in an alcoholic household, with all of its stresses and possible abuse/neglect, as well as genetic predisposition. Some physicians strongly caution children of alcoholics to not even begin to drink because of their heightened risks. Even children separated at birth from alcoholic fathers had a fourfold increase in alcoholism later in life. ...Read more

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What side effects are often associated with being addicted to porn as a child?

What side effects are often associated with being addicted to porn as a child?

Multiple: Early sexual experience and the consequences of it - possible exposure to stds. Promiscuous behavior, possible unstable relationship, high expectations of sexual pleasure and probably many others. ...Read more

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Any medications to make autistic folks act more socially acceptable?

Any medications to make autistic folks act more socially acceptable?

More functional?YES!: It is extremely complex to treat, but see a true expert for multi-dimensional care & to customize the treatment. Increasingly, psychoactive meds play an important role. Fairly common & non-standard meds need be considered carefully & selected & titrated for the individual, possibly addressing features as anxiety, anger, mood, hyperactivity, etc. ...Read more

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