Psychological Disorders Associated With Child Abuse

Psycho Disorders

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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.

Symptoms – Addictions (i.e. alcohol, drugs and sex), eating disorders, extreme mood swings, high risk behaviors, overreaction to minor stress, panic attacks, Self mutilation, sense of defilement or stigma; sleep disorders, somatic pain, state of fight or flight; suicidal feelings, uncontrollable crying or rage.

Borderline Personality disorder – affects the way you look at yourself, function in relationships with others, and how you behave

Signs & Symptoms of BPD: rapid changes in self-identity and self-image; unstable intense relationships; suicidal threats and self injury due to fear of abandonment; periods of paranoia and periods of loss of contact with reality; wide mood swings lasting hours, or days; and impulsive and risky behaviors, such as unsafe sex, spending sprees, gambling, or reckless driving

Paranoid personality disorder – is characterized by a pervasive distrust of others, including friends, family, and partner.

Signs & Symptoms of PPD – guarded and suspicious; strong sense of personal rights; feels shame and humiliation, and persistently bears grudges; tends to withdraw from others; and attributing one’s unacceptable thoughts and feelings to other people

Histrionic personality disorder – lack a sense of self-worth, and depend for their wellbeing on attracting the attention and approval of others; they crave excitement and act on impulse or suggestion, they can place them- selves at risk of accident or exploitation; they are extremely sensitive to criticism and rejection; and a vicious circle may take hold in which the more rejected they feel, the more histrionic they become

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.

Signs & Symptoms – an extreme feeling of self-importance, a sense of entitlement, and a need to be admired; lacks empathy and readily exploits others to achieve his/her aims; to others, he/she may seem self-absorbed, controlling, intolerant, selfish, or insensitive; and if he feels obstructed or ridiculed, he can fly into a fit of destructive anger and revenge

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.

Signs & Symptoms – people with APD tend to antagonize, manipulate or treat others either harshly or with callous indifference. They may often violate the law, landing in frequent trouble, yet they show no guilt or remorse. They may lie, behave violently or impulsively, and have problems with drug and alcohol use.

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

Signs & Symptoms – the person sees themselves as inadequate and helpless; sees himself as inadequate and helpless, and so surrenders personal responsibility and submits himself to one or more protective others; and maintain a naïve and child-like perspective, and have limited insight into themselves and others

Anankastic personality disorder – is characterized by excessive preoccupation with details, rules, lists, order, organization, or schedules; perfectionism so extreme that it prevents a task from being completed; and devotion to work and productivity at the expense of leisure and relationships

Signs & Symptoms – is typically doubting and cautious, rigid and controlling, humorless, and miserly. His underlying anxiety arises from a perceived lack of control over a world that eludes his understanding; and the more he tries to exert control, the more out of control he feels

Avoidant personality disorder – People with avoidant PD believe that they are socially inept, unappealing, or inferior, and constantly fear being embarrassed, criticized, or rejected. They avoid meeting others unless they are certain of being liked, and are restrained even in their intimate relationships. Avoidant PD is strongly associated with anxiety disorders, and may also be associated with actual or felt rejection by parents or peers in childhood.

Signs & Symptoms – excessively monitors internal reactions, both their own and those of others, which prevents them from engaging naturally or fluently in social situations. A vicious circle takes hold in which the more they monitor their internal reactions, the more inept they feel; and the more inept they feel, the more they monitor their internal reactions.

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