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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

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

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Where might you go if getting verbally abused?

Where might you go if getting verbally abused?

You don't deserve it: No one needs this. If at work, file a complaint with human resources. If in a marriage, a helper or a divorce lawyer. If at home, and you are a teen, take this utterly cynical but helpful advice. Pretend you love your parents -- until you are able to emancipate (college, military, real job). & may be see a pastor, trusted friend, counselor, or simply trying to be the best kid you can be. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to tell someone that you were abused as a child?

Can you tell me how to tell someone that you were abused as a child?

Abuse: Its not easy to share something this personal. I would advise you to find someone you can trust. You may need to seek professional help if no one close to you would keep what you say confidential. If you are sure the listener is objective and will not tell others what you need to say it is a lot easier to share what happened to you. Sadly 40% of women have been abused so you are not alone. ...Read more

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What can be done if you suspect a neighbor is? Physically abusing someone?

What can be done if you suspect a neighbor is? Physically abusing someone?

Notify the police: Different states have different laws, but in all states, abusing a child or an elderly person should be reported to the police, I guess the same would apply to any other prsron who may be being subjected to abuse. ...Read more

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Only like sex if I'm being physically abused like choked of slapped. Is something wrong with me?

Only like sex if I'm being physically abused like choked of slapped. Is something wrong with me?

Trauma?: You might be experiencing the effects of sexual abuse or trauma. I suggest you talk with a therapist to explore non-judgmentally what might be behind your desire to be abused while having sex. ...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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What defines drug abuse?

What defines drug abuse?

Drug Abuse: In dsm-iv, this is a persistent, "maladaptive pattern of substance use leading to clinically significant impairment or distress." there are: failure to fulfill major role obligations at work, school, or home; recurrent drug use in physically hazardous situations (like driving); recurrent substance-related legal problems; & continued use despite social problems caused/worsened by the drug use. ...Read more

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How common is drug abuse?

How common is drug abuse?

Very common: Unfortunatey, the usa is a country plaged with both prescrition, and nonprescription drug addicts. Many of these individuals or occupying space in overcrowded prisions, others are at large, perhaps homeless, and using criminal means to support their drug habits. The war on drugs has failed horrably, and due to past misguided effects to erraticate cannibus, the real threat today crystal meth. ...Read more

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Why do people abuse drugs?

Why do people abuse drugs?

Another reason: I agree with the first answer. Another reason is that people are using substances to cover up deep and unconscious negative emotions perceived as taboo (e.g. Anger, sadness, shame, fear, sexual feelings, etc). ...Read more

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Why does elder abuse happen?

Why does elder abuse happen?

It is hard to know: It is hard to know in every situation why this occurs. Sometimes there is a long pattern of domestic violence in the relationship, caregiver personal problems also increase the risk as does social isolation. The more in recent term is "elder mistreatment" which includes physical abuse, and also neglect as well as financial, emotional, and sexual abuse. If you suspect this is occuring report it! ...Read more

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What are signs of domestic abuse?

What are signs of domestic abuse?

Multiple: Lack of mutual respect, verbal attacks, controlling and isolating behavior, disparaging remarks (particularly in front of others), failure to engage in constructive interactions, placing inappropriate blame on the other person, and so on and so on, until it degenerates into physical abuse. ...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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How to break cycle of drug abuse?

How to break cycle of drug abuse?

Seeking help: Addiction is a serious disease that requires professional help. I would recommend finding a therapist and psychiatrist who have experience treating addiction. If you need help with detoxing from substances currently, that may require inpatient or residential treatment for a short period of time, followed by outpatient work. ...Read more

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How can I get past childhood abuse?

How can I get past childhood abuse?

Psychotherapy: One idea is to make an appointment with a psychotherapist and begin working on the problem. In many cases it will take a significant amount of work and will not be easy and you may be asked to think about things that you don't want to. There are a number of specific therapies for abuse and ptsd that can be potentially helpful. But you need to take the first step of making the appointment. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of elderly abuse?

What are symptoms of elderly abuse?

Many: Firstly, any abuse should be reported. Obvious signs of bruises in many stages of healing, genital or rectal trauma. A patient that seems fearful of their caretaker, or a patient that the caretaker refuses to have you interview them alone maybe a sign. Under nutrition, poor hygiene and other signs of neglect maybe noticeable. Less obvious signs may include financial abuse. ...Read more

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What should I do for domestic abuse?

Call 1-800-799-SAFE: Or local domestic violence shelter or mental health professional who has experience with dv. They can help develop a plan to leave the situation & can help you recover from abuse. The primary goal is to overcome the "brainwashing" of abuse that convinces you that you're worthless, stupid, bad, powerless, etc. Verbal/emotional abuse/control can cause longer-lasting harm than physical abuse. ...Read more

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What are the effects of child abuse?

What are the effects of child abuse?

Serious and Numerous: This is a big topic. There can be both short term and long term effects from childhood abuse and neglect. The consequences of being abused as a child can be mild or severe with problems in the areas of depression, anxiety, suicidality, substance abuse and criminality-but those aren't all. Some great information is at the website for child welfare information gateway. Http://www. Childwelfare. Gov/. ...Read more

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What are the effects of freon abuse?

What are the effects of freon abuse?

Huffing freon: Inhalant abuse (huffing) of freon is very dangerous, with the potential for death on the first or any subsequent use. Short term effects include stupor, changes in consciousness, severe mood swings including violent behavior, muscle weakness, numbness, and others. Long term effects include weight loss, depression, damage to vital organs including brain and nervous system damage, hearing loss. ...Read more

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Is being "emo" a sign of child abuse?

Not necessarily: It is a bit of a "red flag" to have a child to adopts an odd posture like emo, or punk, or goth, or something counter culture. However there are always other things that can lead a child there. Some are just drawn there, others gain acceptance by friends. Some children are outcasts for personality or sexual reasons. Childhood traumas can lead to odd personality quirks, but other things do too. ...Read more