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What are the odds of antisocial personality disorder being passed from parents to children?

What are the odds of antisocial personality disorder being passed from parents to children?

APD: The causes of antisocial personality disorder are unknown. Genetic factors and child abuse/neglect are believed to contribute to the development of this condition. Children with an antisocial or substance abusing parent are at increased risk. Many mental health experts believe the disorder develops because of a combination of genetic and environmental influences. ...Read more

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Narcissism (Definition)

A pervasive sense of grandiosity in fantasy or behavior, lack of empathy, need for admiration, fantasies o unlimited success, sense of entitlement, envious of others, often arrogant, exploitive of others as well as other characteristics. Person would definitely benefit by therapy but often by nature of the condition the person doesn't believe that there is ...Read more


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How is a parent child relationship different from stockholm syndrome?

How is a parent child relationship different from stockholm syndrome?

Completely Different: A healthy parent-child relationship involves an adult and his/her child, whereas stockholm syndrome involves a captor and a hostage. These relationships are not only different, they are incomparable. ...Read more

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What sort of mental illnesses can come from child neglect physical/emotional/ verbal/ sexual abuse?

What sort of mental illnesses can come from child neglect physical/emotional/ verbal/ sexual abuse?

PTSD: Any type of childhood abuse can cause symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. This can affect different people in several different ways- including attachment disorders, addictions, high-risk behaviors, anxiety, depression, and many others. Find a good therapist who specializes in ptsd to help deal with some of these issues. ...Read more

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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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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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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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Is a criminal who suffers from a mental illness or personality disorder really at fault for the crime(s) they commit?

Is a criminal who suffers from a mental illness or personality disorder really at fault for the crime(s) they commit?

It depends: This isn't exactly a medical question, it's more of a legal or moral one. But laws in the us generally hold that if a person cannot tell right from wrong due to a mental illness, then they are "not guilty by reason of insanity" (or similar language depending on the state). Most mental illness is not severe enough to meet this standard, and the "insanity defense" is actually used fairly rarely. ...Read more

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Is a person with narcissistic personality disorder incapable of directing a conversation from anyone but him or herself?

Is a person with narcissistic personality disorder incapable of directing a conversation from anyone but him or herself?

It's all about him: Narcissistic people treat others as if they're disposable objects. Once your utility is gone, there is no more interest in you. Your separate needs are unrecognized. Relationships with a narcissistic person may vary between sharing the mutual glow of "specialness" while you're useful, and complete disregard when you're not. Things might feel intimate and good for awhile, but then the ice comes. ...Read more

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Can narcissistic personality disorder have roots in a childs upbringing?

Can narcissistic personality disorder have roots in a childs upbringing?

Absolutely: There are subtypes of narcissistic personality, but in general you will find self-importance and grandiosity masking feelings of emptiness and inferiority. In other words, somewhere in the early years, a parent was insufficiently attuned to the child's emotional needs. ...Read more

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How long into illness does a person with vascular dementia suffer from regressive behavior (return to childlike attitude)?

How long into illness does a person with vascular dementia suffer from regressive behavior (return to childlike attitude)?

It may not happen.: My father suffered from vascular dementia and was in a nursing home for many years and never had these symptoms. What is interesting about vascular dementia ia that it is intermittent. One day a person is fine and clear as a bell and the next he doesn't recognize you. A day latter the reverse. ...Read more

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Can one fully recover from meth psychosis, or will some negative personality traits stay? Long term drug abuser with bipolar in family history.

Can one fully recover from meth psychosis, or will some negative personality traits stay? Long term drug abuser with bipolar in family history.

Drug abuse: With professional help and great personal commitment, it's possible to recover from meth addiction and psychosis. However, pre-existing personality issues and possible bipolar disorder will still need to be addressed. It's not just a matter of stopping the meth -- it was the person's attempt to deal with problems, so new methods will be needed. Ongoing 12 step programs can be essential. ...Read more

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Could you possibly recover from severe narcissism, bpd, and histrionic personality disorder?

Could you possibly recover from severe narcissism, bpd, and histrionic personality disorder?

Possible: It is not a walk in the park, but recovery is always possible. With this list of issues, you will need both personal commitment to healing, and skilled psychotherapists and psychiatrists working with you over time. Multiple types of therapy may be called for in your situation. Hoping you put this team together and work with them faithfully. ...Read more

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What happens to a person with a narcissistic personality disorder from childhood to old age?

What happens to a person with a narcissistic personality disorder from childhood to old age?

Little change: Personality disorders are diagnoses that are made only after age 18. As a rule they tend to be enduring and it is not unusual for the symptoms to last a lifetime. Treatment with psychotherapy can help but a "cure" is not likely. ...Read more

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What causes a person to commit child abuse/molestation? My moms father&brother sexually abused younger now suffers from schizophrenia/bipolar.

What causes a person to commit child abuse/molestation? My moms father&brother sexually abused younger now suffers from schizophrenia/bipolar.

Many things: Such a painful situation here. Many people who abuse or molest children were themselves abused . . . . Thus perpetuating a generational crime against younger (and less powerful) kids in the family. The key is to shift the victim to survivor through timely treatment, as was probably not done for the perpetrator. Sometimes when the child "tells, " she or he is not believed, either. Tragic. ...Read more

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Do undiagnosed bipolar parents lead to severely depressed offspring(from all the unreined in verbal abuse while growing up)?

Do undiagnosed bipolar parents lead to severely depressed offspring(from all the unreined in verbal abuse while growing up)?

Living in an abusive: Home as a child impacts on the emotional health of any child. Since children are unable to get out of their home without help from adults, they are traumatized by abusive parents. If you are concerned that a child is being abuse, you can report it to child protective agencies anonymously and it will be investigated. ...Read more

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Is it possible to truly recover from a lifetime of schizoid personality disorder?

Let me try: Personality disorders seem confusing, but they're really not. They are styles not illnesses so you don't recover, you might change but it's not common to be drastically different after you're adult. So, if you still are just not very interested in social relationships and even prefer spending time alone, that's you. It might be a problem to others, and that may trouble you. Talk therapy may help. ...Read more

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Will a domestic violence victim develop a personality disorder?

Will a domestic violence victim develop a personality disorder?

Personality disorder: Pds are enduring maladaptive patterns of behavior, experience, and thinking in which the person is markedly different than those in his/her culture. The problems start early, there is probably a hereditary aspect, significant childhood experience aspect as well. Domestic violence could contribute depending on how chronic or severe; other factors would be support system, role models, treatment. ...Read more

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Can a child make a full recovery from ptsd associated from child abuse?

Can a child make a full recovery from ptsd associated from child abuse?

Yes: Full recovery is very possible but it depends on many factors related to personality, environment, circumstances, and treatment. ...Read more

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What mental disorder can a person with a traumatic childhood have? One who was physically, emotionally and sexually abuse by his parent?

What mental disorder can a person with a traumatic childhood have?  One who was physically, emotionally and sexually abuse by his parent?

The aftermath: of emotional, physical and sexual abuse during childhood can lead to any number of psychological disorders. Our psyche does what it can to survive. Regardless of how well someone may have come through the trauma it leaves scars that warrant speaking with a clinical psychologist to reduce the fallout and strengthen the resilience. Groups for survivors are also helpful. ...Read more

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