Personality Disorders From Abuse

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Not all abused children will experience disorders. However, depending upon the duration and severity; many will suffer with one or more of the following:

Bipolar Disorder – formerly called manic depression, causes extreme mood swings that include emotional highs (mania or hypomania) and lows (depression). When you become depressed, you may feel sad or hopeless and lose interest or pleasure in most activities. When your mood shifts in the other direction, you may feel euphoric and full of energy. Mood shifts may occur only a few times a year or as often as several times a week. The most prominent signs of bipolar disorders are extreme mood swings. Bipolar disorder is a complex disorder; but, can normally be controlled with medications.

Dissociative Identity Disorder – (DID) is a severe condition in which two or more distinct identities, or personality states, are present in—and alternately take control of—an individual. The person also experiences memory loss that is too extensive to be explained by ordinary forgetfulness.

Eating Disorders – eating disorders are syndromes characterized by significant disturbances in eating behavior and by distress or excessive concern about body shape or weight. Presentation varies, but eating disorders often occur with severe medical or psychiatric conditions; it can be either medical condition(s) existing simultaneously but independently with another condition of symptoms and reluctance to openly discuss; making treatment especially challenging.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.

Borderline Personality Disorder – affects the way you look at yourself, function in relationships with others, and how you behave. This is a serious disorder.

Paranoid Personality Disorder – is characterized by a pervasive distrust of others, including even friends, family, and partner.

Narcissistic Personality Disorder – Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of ultra-confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to the slightest criticism.

Antisocial Personality Disorder – is a type of chronic mental condition in which a person’s ways of thinking, perceiving situations and relating to others are dysfunctional — and destructive. People with antisocial personality disorder typically have no regard for right and wrong and often disregard the rights, wishes and feelings of others.

Dependent Personality Disorder – is characterized by a lack of self-confidence and an excessive need to be looked after. The person needs a lot of help in making everyday decisions and surrenders important life decisions to the care of others. He greatly fears abandonment and may go through considerable lengths to secure and maintain relationships

These are just a few of the disorders an abuse victim may have to endure for the rest of their lives. If you would like further information on personality, or psychological disorders; I would highly recommend ASCA