Thursday, 11 December 2008

Psychiatric Disorders Accompany Alcoholics


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"Psychiatric disorders are generally more prevalent among those with alcohol disorders. This is true for both men and women, however the disorders differ depending on gender. Women who have alcohol-use disorders have co-occurring psychiatric diagnosis such as major depression, anxiety, panic disorder, bulimia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or borderline personality disorder. Men with alcohol-use disorders more often have co-occurring diagnosis of narcissistic and antisocial personality disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, impulse disorders and attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder." (this section is a Wikipedia® verbatim copy of a part of a larger article reproduced under license, see base of post)

This is true for Jane sadly. This is not a criticism. We are all flawed. Jane is lethargic. This is brought on by depression. She also is definitely living out her expectations of herself. The self fulfilling prophesy. She has been told she is no good. She believes she is no good. She acts it out. Jane panics a lot. A panic comes on about almost anything, even the smallest of things. She is also a bit bulimic, making herself repeatedly sick at the end of a binge. I don't think she has PTSD. I thought PTSD occured after a traumatic event leaving the person mentally damaged.

I don't blame Jane. I think a person who has been pyschologically damaged primarily by nuture (as opposed to nature) in effect dies at a young age. It just takes a lot longer to actually die, pass on, cross the rainbow bridge.

Psychiatric disorders accompany alcoholics.

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I'd like to hear the experiences of both alcoholics and the victims of alcoholics, please.