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Spouse Abuse (Overview)

Spouse abuse is a term for verbal, physical, or emotional damage caused by one's husband or wife.


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Why do men abuse their spouse?

Why do men abuse their spouse?

Many reasons: Limited insight and self-awareness coupled with low self esteem and often a history of abuse are often characteristics of abusers. Abusers tend to blame their victims but abuse is the result of something wrong with the abuser not the victim. Adherence to strong gender roles, presence of a toddler/teen in the home, holidays, and football are all stressors that increase chances of abusive episodoe. ...Read more

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Spouse Abuse (Overview)

Spouse abuse is a term for verbal, physical, or emotional damage caused by one's husband or wife.


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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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Caregiving for a Spouse or Friend (Checklist)

Keep important information in a dedicated notebook
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Keep info like SS#, Medicare ID, insurance cards and doctor info handy
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Keep a list of allergies, medications, and medical conditions.
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Know advanced directives and healthcare proxy numbers
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My spouse has been diagnosed with bipolar and has had a paranoid delusion brought on by substance abuse and he's manifesting it on me. What am I to do?

My spouse has been diagnosed with bipolar and has had a paranoid delusion brought on by substance abuse and he's manifesting it on me. What am I to do?

Call 911: for assistance if you are concerned that you may be in danger. Leave the home immediately for imminent safety concerns (if you have children - take them too). ...Read more

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What are risks of living with abusive spouse besides physical trauma?

What are risks of living with abusive spouse besides physical trauma?

Many: Psychological trauma, low self estim, depression, anxiety, suicide risk, risk of death from physical trauma, multipal problems physical and psychological in abused kids ( abusive spouse most of the time will abuse kids as well), and the biggest problem is, despite what you think or feel, he will never change and never stop until you leave or die. ...Read more

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How can I make sure my untreated, unmedicated, + alcohlic ex-common law spouse doesn't get any legal say or sole custody in court march 1st-abusive to?

How can I make sure my untreated, unmedicated, + alcohlic ex-common law spouse doesn't get any legal say or sole custody in court march 1st-abusive to?

Ask your attny: There is no way to predict what will happen in court. I suggest you focus on being the best parent you can be and see a therapist with your children to help transition through a separation and or divorce. It can be hard to separate your feelings but staying calm, collected and respectful will show you are capable and putting your kids first. ...Read more

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How can I stop abusing pain medication?

How can I stop abusing pain medication?

Abusing pain med: Please seek help from pcp, addictionologist, psychologist and possible psychiatrist. If you can do it alone then "cudos" to you. More than likely you will need help. ...Read more

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What causes over abuse from your childhood?

What causes over abuse from your childhood?

With a professional: Discussing your options through private therapy is the best proven method. Discuss with your doctor in finding a good therapist. ...Read more

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How can I support someone who abuses alochol?

How can I support someone who abuses alochol?

Take care of YOU: This may sound counterintuitive, but the best thing is to take care of your own behavior first. Some people equate "helping" with trying to control the alcoholic's behavior, or his/her access to alcohol. This can lead to over-focus on what the alcoholic is doing. Attending al-anon, the group for families and friends of alcoholics, can help you balance this. http://www.al-anon.alateen.org/. ...Read more