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Doctor insights on: Elderly Abuse

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Use of restraints on elderly patients--are those considered elder abuse?

Use of restraints on elderly patients--are those considered elder abuse?

Usually safety issue: Preferable to use restraints than have an elder fall out of bed or chair or go wandering off and find themselves in dangerous situations. Most hospitals and nursing homes do not have enough staff to have one on one caretakers all the time. Restraints are thus often necessary for economic reasons. Abuse would be the use of restraints purely as a punishment. ...Read more

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What is elderly abuse?

What is elderly abuse?

Elder abuse.: Elder abuse is a general term to describe mistreatment of an elderly person. This mistreatment can be physical, emotional, mental, medical or nutritional. The abuser acts purposely to the detriment of the elder. ...Read more

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Who coined the term substance abuse (ie, alcoholism, legal and illegal drug abuse, etc.)?

Who coined the term substance abuse (ie, alcoholism, legal and illegal drug abuse, etc.)?

Not clear: The term alcoholism was originally coined in 1849 by magnus huss. Untill the 1940s it referred primarily to the physical consequences of long-term heavy drinking. I am not sure about the term substance abuse. ...Read more

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What constitutes psychological elder abuse?

What constitutes psychological elder abuse?

Elder Abuse: Elder abuse is “any form of mistreatment that results in harm or loss to an older person.” people of trust, such as adult children, grandchildren and other known caregivers can take advantage of the declining mental and physical capacity of an elder. Emotional abuse is inflicting mental pain, anguish, or distress on a senior person through verbal or nonverbal acts, e.g. Humiliating, intimidating. ...Read more

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Anyone who overcame the memory of domestic violence or child abuse?

Anyone who overcame the memory of domestic violence or child abuse?

It takes time.: Recovering from abuse of any kind takes processing of the events, finding ways to forgive yourself and develop trust in your self and others. This takes time, support and often professional help. ...Read more

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Do people recreationally abuse propoxyphene?

Do people recreationally abuse propoxyphene?

Of course...: Anything that can cause a mental “change in state”, will be used or abused by someone to achieve a brain change. Some substances, like alcohol, cause a reliable change in state that is similar from person to person. Other substances, like propoxyphene, produced a more unreliable change & only at higher, more dangerous doses. Also, it's not available in usa anymore. ...Read more

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How child abuse and neglect effects adults behavior?

How child abuse and neglect effects adults behavior?

Variable effects: There are many possible outcomes from child abuse & neglect. The most tragic is when the same things are perpetrated upon children. It can cause severe anxiety, depression, flashbacks, dissociation, trouble with trust & boundaries, drug & alcohol abuse, & suicide attempts. It can also lead to perfectionism and high achievement. With treatment, the person can heal and enjoy a fulfilling life. ...Read more

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How would childhood sexual abuse cause psychosis?

How would childhood sexual abuse cause psychosis?

Depends on the abuse: I have worked w/ 1000's of individuals who were abused as children. The range of outcomes is very diverse, depending on the type of abuse, the number of abusers, the severity of abuse (painfulness, intrusiveness, whether done under threats), innate resourcefulness of the victim, social support network, etc. Some children were so overwhelmed by the abuse they developed multiple personality dx. ...Read more

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How is narcotic abuse, dependence, withdrawal or intoxication self-diagnosed?

How is narcotic abuse, dependence, withdrawal or intoxication self-diagnosed?

Easy...: If you are taking more than prescribed, then you are abusing. If you can't stop taking the medication, then you are dependent. Dependence is not necessarily a negative thing however, as you may depend on a medication for relief to function normally. ...Read more

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Salsalate abuse common?

Salsalate abuse common?

What is it: Salsalate in a double salicylate compound, like Aspirin but a differnet compound. It is not addictive so I am uncertain about the term abuse. It is an antiinflamatory and analgesic. There is a problem in some with analgesic withdrawal headaches, where when persistent analgesic usage continues for a while and in some with stopping the analgesic can cause . Abuse - need a defintion-of question. ...Read more

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Does childhood abuse and neglect often lead to adult criminal behavior?

Does childhood abuse and neglect often lead to adult criminal behavior?

Maybe: Abused children are much more highly represented among the ranks of poor learners, misbehaving, aggressive and oppositional conduct disordered kids. These conditions can subsequently lead to adult criminal behavior if interventions don't occur in childhood. ...Read more

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Do mental health facilities hire people who have history of domestic violence or child abuse?

Do mental health facilities hire people who have history of domestic violence or child abuse?

Background Check: Usually, facilities (hospitals, nursing homes) run a background check on potential employees. ...Read more

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Is alcoholism related to child abuse?

Is alcoholism related to child abuse?

Abuse increases risk: Not everyone who has a history of abuse will become addicted. However, a history of child abuse or childhood trauma can increase the risk of later alcoholism/addiction. The vast majority of patients in treatment for addiction have a history of past abuse or trauma. Childhood trauma apparently "primes the brain" to become addicted. ...Read more

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Aide molestation to female adults common?

Aide molestation to female adults common?

CriminalActivity: This needs to be immediately reported to police if suspected! ...Read more

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How often can abuse victims become the abusers ?

How often can abuse victims become the abusers ?

It happens: It is a common experience for a victim of abuse to become a perpetrator of abuse. Research shows that some children who are abused experience aggression and then model that aggression with the next generation. This does not happen with every victim of abuse but it does happen. Therapy can help break this cycle. Take care, . ...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

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Does ptsd lead to suicide or domestic violence?

Does ptsd lead to suicide or domestic violence?

Association: The anger, poor impulse control & avoidance of dealing with trauma that is inherent with ptsd increases risk for suicide. Domestic violence risk is also increased with ptsd. ...Read more

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Any substance abuse treatment centers for people with ketamine addiction?

Any substance abuse treatment centers for people with ketamine addiction?

AAC: Ketamine is gaining popularity as a club drug between young adults. Separate perception from sensation. Call american addiction centers at 866- 572-1806. ...Read more