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Doctor insights on: Teen Violence Caused By Peer Pressure And Reputation

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Depression caused by being constantly subject to bullying. Any advice?

Depression caused by being constantly subject to bullying. Any advice?

Therapy: Working with a therapist to develop better means of self-protection. Confrontation may not be the best idea, as bullies tend to pick their victims because they believe the person lacks the ability to defend their selves well. There are many good books on the subject as well both for children and teens, as well as, adults. Yes, it is quite common in the adult world as well. ...Read more

Violence (Definition)

Violence is described by the World Health Organization as the use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological ...Read more


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Are kids under greater peer pressure to misbehave in HS or college?

Are kids under greater peer pressure to misbehave in HS or college?

Interesting question: Kids are always under peer pressure. As kids mature, they become more self assured & independent (usually following ideals instilled by parents) rather than depending on others for validation. College represents a problem in that this is the first place young adults are completely on their own to make good or bad choices. A person is always responsible for their actions high school or college. ...Read more

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Do societal problems like abortion, divorce, ban of child discipline and others contribute to violence in the nation?

Do societal problems like abortion, divorce, ban of child discipline and others contribute to violence in the nation?

Other Problems: Societal problems such as child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and lack of availability of mental health services contribute to violence in our society. Some of our regulations also need to be re-examined. ...Read more

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Reasons why some people have authority issues? I am angered towards authority figures despite being brought up in a house with respect and many rules

Reasons why some people have authority issues? I am angered towards authority figures despite being brought up in a house with respect and many rules

Been wronged?: There are many possible reasons you might feel this way. My guess is that you felt wronged by someone in authority at some time, whether or not it was in your family is another question. Therapy may be helpful in figuring this out and keeping it from affecting other interactions where it doesn't belong. You may also find help from the book "the four agreements, " by don miguel ruiz. ...Read more

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Will arrested emotional development becaused by bullying and having no one to confide in at that time?

Will arrested emotional development becaused by bullying and having no one to confide in at that time?

Tell someone: I would say trauma is caused, more than arrested development, per se Find someone you trust and say something. Keeping it inside does nothing. Depending on the context, find out what resources you have at your disposal to stop the bullying. ...Read more

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Can a hostile work environment and severe psychological abuse by your employer cause PTSD?

Can a hostile work environment and severe psychological abuse by your employer cause PTSD?

Stress reaction: PTSD is a formal psychiatric diagnosis for a syndrome of that occur in veterans after military service or other people subjected to prolonged and inescapable severe stress. Hostile work environments can be extremelyunpleasant, but they are more likely to cause an acute (short-term) stress reaction that will eventually resolve. Importanly, you can leave the work environment to lower the stress. ...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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How to deal with anxiety caused by divorcing a narcissist and violent husband?

How to deal with anxiety caused by divorcing a narcissist and violent husband?

Not the Forum: Hi: i appreciate the stress you are under. But, this forum, it may be of limited value to bash your spouse. Let's make this about you and your needs. I think, given you ongoing reaching out to us for advice, that you read the answers your questions have been given. It sounds like you need to have a good and compassionate therapist to turn to in person. ...Read more

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Will childhood depression be caused by verbal abuse?

Will childhood depression be caused by verbal abuse?

Depression - trauma: If there is no evidence of a family hx of depression and you experienced prolonged and severe verbal abuse, it is possible to have developed a negative self-esteem from the abuse which can lead to pessimism about self, the world, and the future. As a result then depression can occur. ...Read more

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Stress, caused by gambling addiction and family commitments?

Stress, caused by gambling addiction and family commitments?

Not sure: What the specific question is, but these are serious issues that could b helped by therapy and medication. ...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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Extreme paranoia, auditory hallucinations. Molested as child by step father, abandoned by blood father, daughter recently raped. Drugs: More Adderall than prescribed, cannibus, Phenobarbital. She wants help, what type of places should I look into?

Extreme paranoia, auditory hallucinations. Molested as child by step father, abandoned by blood father, daughter recently raped. Drugs: More Adderall than prescribed, cannibus, Phenobarbital. She wants help, what type of places should I look into?

Inpatient care: It sounds like an intensive inpatient behavioral setting would be best. Horrible recent assault in context of a tragic family of origin with active psychotic symptoms. She needs a therapeutic setting where she is & feels safe & supported. ...Read more

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Duress if i became to act out of character because of taunting and pyschological manipulation and threats of intimidation can this cause temporary insanity due to stress and being constantly taunted , baited and ridiculed

Duress if i became to act out of character because of taunting and pyschological manipulation and threats of intimidation can this cause temporary insanity due to stress and being constantly taunted , baited and ridiculed

Hello. : Hello. I can't diagnose if you had temporary insantiy. However, being taunted, intimidated or ridiculed could certainly push someone's emotional buttons. It could lead to feeling hurt, scared, angry... With that said, behavior is not the same as emotion. Behavior may be how someone reacts to emotion. It would be unusual for someone not to have some degree of control over their behavior. With strong stressors, a person may have a strong reaction. ...Read more

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Innatentive aides and careless mistakes. How can the family of an elderly resident help?

Innatentive aides and careless mistakes. How can the family of an elderly resident help?

Stay involved.: The best way to help an elderly resident is to stay involved. Visit often and at various times in the day and week. Speak to the nurses and social workers often. Review care plan and medications with the doctors. Schedule meetings with the multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, PT, OT, speech, social work and financial counselor. ...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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11 year old who urinates self, poor grooming, and add like symptoms. Recently began soiling self. Poor social skills. Is it signs of abuse?

11 year old who urinates self, poor grooming, and add like symptoms. Recently began soiling self. Poor social skills. Is it signs of abuse?

One possibility: While abuse is one of the things in the possible reasons for this scenario, it is not the only one. There could be a neurologic problem leading to the soiling and wetting. There could be psychologic problems, with the number one disorder coming to mind being depression and/or anxiety in this age group. The kid's thyroid could be out of whack. This child needs a complete head to toe evaluation! ...Read more

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What is the motivation behind men who 'use women', 'emotionally abuse' them and 'control' them?

What is the motivation behind men who 'use women', 'emotionally abuse' them and 'control' them?

Control: These are insecure men who suffer from inadequacy to great degrees but usually do not acknowledge their low sense of self and rather try to boost their self esteem through dominating and controlling others. Often they have been abused themselves and make very poor partners until they seek therapy for a considerable length of time. Best. ...Read more

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What are mental illnesses caused by physical and sexual parental abuse as a young child? Any signs to watch for

What are mental illnesses caused by physical and sexual parental abuse as a young child? Any signs to watch for

Mood Problems, PTSD: The most common psychiatric problems related to a history of abuse are various mood related problems, such as depression, and anxiety-related symptoms (including full-blown ptsd). There is also an increased risk of other behavioral problems and substance abuse. ...Read more

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Teen Violence (Definition)

Teen violence refers to physical violence among young people. This may include gang violence, bullying, or partner abuse. It's an important health problem ...Read more