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What causes a person to commit child abuse/molestation? My moms father&brother sexually abused younger now suffers from schizophrenia/bipolar.

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
8 doctors agree

In brief: Many things

Such a painful situation here.
Many people who abuse or molest children were themselves abused . . . . Thus perpetuating a generational crime against younger (and less powerful) kids in the family. The key is to shift the victim to survivor through timely treatment, as was probably not done for the perpetrator. Sometimes when the child "tells, " she or he is not believed, either. Tragic.

In brief: Many things

Such a painful situation here.
Many people who abuse or molest children were themselves abused . . . . Thus perpetuating a generational crime against younger (and less powerful) kids in the family. The key is to shift the victim to survivor through timely treatment, as was probably not done for the perpetrator. Sometimes when the child "tells, " she or he is not believed, either. Tragic.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Kathryn Seifert
Even if incarcerated, Perpetrators should also be in treatment to prevent future abuse of children.
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Many factors

Including risk from addiction to drugs by the parent, a single parent household/ absence of stable father figure, the child's own behavioral issues and others.
One do the most challenging is that ? of of abusers have been victims themselves eg The Cycle of Abuse. As individuals with such risk factors, recognition of one own tendencies to replay these, as early as possible with a therapist is key

In brief: Many factors

Including risk from addiction to drugs by the parent, a single parent household/ absence of stable father figure, the child's own behavioral issues and others.
One do the most challenging is that ? of of abusers have been victims themselves eg The Cycle of Abuse. As individuals with such risk factors, recognition of one own tendencies to replay these, as early as possible with a therapist is key
Dr. Carlos Barrios
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Dr. Lily Bhattacharya
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree

In brief: People who have

been abused/molested tend to molest and abuse children/people.
Schizophrenia or Bipolar disorder are two different kinds of mental illness and need medicine. They worsen with any stress and can get better with therapy and medicine. Seek a psychiatrist for medicine. Go find a psychologist for counseling and go to primary care if the wait for the psychiatrist is too long.

In brief: People who have

been abused/molested tend to molest and abuse children/people.
Schizophrenia or Bipolar disorder are two different kinds of mental illness and need medicine. They worsen with any stress and can get better with therapy and medicine. Seek a psychiatrist for medicine. Go find a psychologist for counseling and go to primary care if the wait for the psychiatrist is too long.
Dr. Lily Bhattacharya
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