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Why might it be that sometimes when someone is abused for an extended period, they form an attachment to the abusers?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree

In brief: Stockholm Syndrome

Research that syndrome.
It can answer a lot of your questions. It's fairly easy to describe what happens but just exactly why has several possible answers. Certainly chronic abuse is more likely to cause the attachment. I believe that in most cases it is a way for those abused to try to win over the abuser for their own safety and survival or safety and survival of those they love in the situation.

In brief: Stockholm Syndrome

Research that syndrome.
It can answer a lot of your questions. It's fairly easy to describe what happens but just exactly why has several possible answers. Certainly chronic abuse is more likely to cause the attachment. I believe that in most cases it is a way for those abused to try to win over the abuser for their own safety and survival or safety and survival of those they love in the situation.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
"Complex PTSD" is another possibility -- Dr. Judith Herman has written a great deal about it.
Dr. Bassam Amawi
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Tics course and comp

In the majority , chronic, with partial remission of sx in early adult years.
.May minority may experience full remission; however, tics generally reappear , perhaps afternoon monhs or years.

In brief: Tics course and comp

In the majority , chronic, with partial remission of sx in early adult years.
.May minority may experience full remission; however, tics generally reappear , perhaps afternoon monhs or years.
Dr. Bassam Amawi
Dr. Bassam Amawi
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