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Personality Characteristics Of Adult Children Of Alcoholics
Some characterictics: There are certainly individual variations in people with bulimia, so there's a wide range of possibilities. But, some resources comment about impulsiveness and desire for immediate gratification. Also they may worry a lot, and may lack self confidence; they have an extremely strong need to be accepted by their peers. They can be very sensitive towards others' needs, but overlook their own. ...Read more
Somewhat: Anorexia folks restrict food, are socially inept, have separation anxiety and a distorted body image body, they are often rigid, obsessive compulsive and depressed in their personality style. If anorectics binge & purge, they share characteristics with bulimic people - impulse control, substance abuse, personality disorders (like borderline personality). Suicide's more common in bingers & purgers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The basic issue: Severe anxiety is what drives the alcoholic to drink alcohol (a potent anxiolytic). Sometimes anxiety is expressed as "control issues", and inflexibilty, and an inability to "go with the flow". Anxiety has been shown to run in families. So, the answer is yes. If you live with someone who suffers from alcoholism, get to al-anon, or go to aa meetings that are "open meetings". ...Read more
Can you tell me are adult children of an alcoholic more prone to become alcoholics then the general public?
Yes: And for many reasons. Being raised in an alcoholic household can increase stress and anxiety, and promote use of alcohol as a coping strategy in children as they grow older. In addition, there are genetic influences even if the person is not raised in their home of origin. It does not mean that an adult child of an alcoholic is destined to have alcoholism, but does increase the risks, esp. In men. ...Read more
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
Get treatment!: If your borderline personality d/o is getting you into trouble with the police, it's definitely time to get into treatment. You may need both alcohol/substance abuse treatment and therapy for your personality issues. Please see a psychiatrist and/or psychologist experienced in working with these problems. Dialectical behavioral therapy is one approach that can help with emotional storms, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible that children of alcoholics/addicts tend to have more anxiety problems than other children?
Maybe...: Probably not more, just different. You may find the book "an adult child's guide to what's 'normal' " helpful. Also, al-anon, codependents anonymous and other support groups can help. You may also want to seek the help of a therapist who specializes in addiction, codependency and anxiety. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does anyone know if there are any aa meetings for the children of alcoholics (the kids not being alcoholics)?
Yes: Yes i agree with other answer, al-anon is for any family member or friend affected by someone else's alcoholism, however there is also a specific 12 step group for adult children of alcoholics. If in a big enough city it is actually amazing how many different kinds of 12 step meetings there are. There is also ala-teen and ala-tot for kids and teens. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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