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Is it possible to prove that a mental illness/disorder was caused by been sex abused as a child?

Is it possible to prove that a mental illness/disorder was caused by been sex abused as a child?

To some degree, it: depends upon the diagnosis, age(s) when the abuse occurred, what is meant by the term “prove.”, etc. As an Ex: a pt w/ PTSD wishes to verify that their trauma at age 10 caused their PTSD for their personal healing. The journey would be quite different than if the pt asked a legal question. More info would be helpful to assist you-perhaps, speaking with your psychiatrist and therapist re: this? ...Read more

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Thalassemia is a type of hemoglobinopathy. It is inherited from one or both of your parents. There are many kind of thalassemia. Most causes anemia (low red blood cell count). Anemia couod be severe requiring blood. Taking iron does not cure the disease. Thalassemia is common in people living in the mediteranian countries, africa, middle east, india, and sotheastern asia such ...Read more


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What to do for you to prove that a mental illness/disorder was caused by been sex abused as a child?

What to do for you to prove that a mental illness/disorder was caused by been sex abused as a child?

"Prove" may be...: ...Too strong a word; but in an individual with documented sexual abuse history, and an existing mental illness, "contributed to development of a mental disorder" may be correct. False memories do occur sometimes, and may themselves be a result of a disorder. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11936143. ...Read more

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Could i develop mental illness from seeing abuse for years?

It's possible.: It is possible that you could develop a mental illness from being exposed to abuse, witnessing it in forms such as domestic violence, etc. If you are concerned, then speak to a mental health professional. ...Read more

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Will someone recover from mental illness caused by drug abuse?

Will someone recover from mental illness caused by drug abuse?

Very complicated: Your question has many moving parts, all of which are interconnected. Recovering from drug abuse ; mental illness requires personal commitment, medical interventions, ongoing psychological/psychosocial treatment, and family ; community support. All these pieces are necessary, and the breakdown of any one of them can impact overall outcome. When they all join together, recovery may be possible. ...Read more

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Interested to know how does child abuse affect mental health?

Interested to know how does child abuse affect mental health?

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

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Is there a psychiatric disorder that makes a woman claim to have suffered child abuse?

Is there a psychiatric disorder that makes a woman claim to have suffered child abuse?

25% of women: In some surveys of normal population, 25% of women have suffered child sexual abuse. Emotional and physical abuse would be higher. In psychiatric populations this 25% is much higher also. Psychiatric sequelae of such experiences include pstd, depression, other anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and various personality disorders as well. Such histories may accompany chronic pain disorders too. ...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 substance abuse a form of mental illness?

Is substance abuse a form of mental illness?

Both: Mental illness and substance abuse (sa) can be co- occurring disorders. Sa by itself can be seen as a mental illness. Some conditions like depression and anxiety can be causative factors or can be as a result of the substance being used. However the chemical dependency is usually treated first. Then it is easier to know if its a cause or an effect. Getting clean is the path as u treat the others. ...Read more

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How can I help my son who is 20 with his dual problem (substance abuse and mental illness)?

How can I help my son who is 20 with his dual problem (substance abuse and mental illness)?

ASk him: Does he want help? If he does not sadly there is not a lot you can force on him as he is an adult. If he is open to help make an appointment with your physician and/or a psychiatrist. You may also find that acupuncture and chinese medicine help by helping the body balance...Again only if he goes and is compliant. He may also benefit form medication. I am also a big fan of prayer. ...Read more

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Can a history of being on the bad end of child abuse cause an avoidant personality disorder?

Can a history of being on the bad end of child abuse cause an avoidant personality disorder?

Avoidant: Personality disorder is a pervasive lifelong pattern of feelings of inadequacy, sensitivity to rejection, etc.. It’s highly doubtful that APD or other personality disorders, would be a result of childhood trauma. Trauma can make one susceptible to mood and anxiety disorders, most commonly. Regardless, seeing a therapist and a psychiatrist is the best recommendation given your history. ...Read more

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Is multiple personality disorder associated with child abuse?

Is multiple personality disorder associated with child abuse?

Yes: As dr. Amster states, this disorder is called dissociative identity disorder. It's very rare (.1 - 1% of population), and many people with it have suffered longstanding child abuse along with severe emotional neglect. These kids (& later adults) deal with their intense pain by unconsciously sequestering and experiencing only portions of self at a time. Treatment facilitates healing and integration. ...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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Is it possible that my abusive mother have been using her mental illness as an excuse?

Abusive mother: Anything is possible -- but the larger concern is that you as a 38-year-old take charge of your own life and healing now. Having treated many people with histories of parental abuse, i can tell you that it was only when they stopped focusing on blaming the abuser and started learning to nurture their own lives ; those of others that movement towards health began. Therapy does help. Peace to you. ...Read more

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What can be done for child abuse?

Report it: If it happened once it will probably happen again report it! ...Read more

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What problems can come from child abuse?

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Mental Illness: Those who have suffered abuse as children are at higher risk for depression and anxiety later in life. They may develop other disorders as well including ptsd, dissociative identity disorder, or borderline personality disorder. If you know of anyone who has suffered child abuse, please help to find the right psychiatrist who can work with them. ...Read more

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What is the medical model of child abuse?

What is the medical model of child abuse?

Combination things: Likelihood of abuse with three elements:child with provocative behavior;parent with psychological predisposition;stressful event triggering violent reaction. Social&cultural, in addition to psychological and familial, factors have been described,dispelling the widely accepted myth that child abuse results solely from individual deviant behavior.Series of stresses that impinge on parents & children ...Read more

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What are the is the medical model of child abuse?

What are the is the medical model of child abuse?

Combination things: Likelihood of abuse with three elements:child with provocative behavior;parent with psychological predisposition;stressful event triggering violent reaction. Social&cultural, in addition to psychological and familial, factors have been described,dispelling the widely accepted myth that child abuse results solely from individual deviant behavior.Series of stresses that impinge on parents & ...Read more

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
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Hsv Type 1 And 2 (Definition)

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Dr. Adam Tripp
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Mental Disorder (Definition)

A mental disorder is psychological condition or set of behaviors that either causes the individual emotional distress and/or results in impairment in various ...Read more