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  1. Battered Wife Syndrome:
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  3. Many women suffering from battered wife syndrome also suffers from Co-Dependency and feels "less than" other humans/adults from suffering from the abuse. Many (if not all) women suffering through battered wife syndrome will have mental health problems, along with physical health problems.
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  5. Please read below to find out more information.
  6. Put together for you, by me, Not-So-Free-Spirit :)
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  9. Battered Women’s Syndrome can be termed to be a form of post-traumatic stress and is recognized as the psychological condition that can be use to describe someone who has been the victim of consistence and severe domestic violence. To be classified as battered women, a woman should fall through the cycles of abuse.
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  11. What is a Cycle of Abuse?
  12. A Cycle of abuse is an abuse that occurs in a loop pattern. Abuse can be identifiable as being cyclical in two ways: Generational and Episodic.
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  14. Generational – This cycle of abuse are passed down, in pattern from parents to children.
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  16. Episodic – This cycle of abuse is in a loop pattern within the context of at least two individual in the family tree. It may involve spousal abuse, child abuse and even elder abuse.
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  18. A son is repeatedly either verbal or physical, abused by his father and will predictably treat his own children in the same way. When a daughter hears her mother frequently tear down, belittle, and criticize her father, she will adapt a learned behavior, which involves control through verbal abuse. Similarly, a child who witnesses his parents engaging in abusive behaviors toward each another, will very likely subject his or her spouse to the same abusive patterns. These are the exclusive examples of generational abuse.
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  21. STAGES OF BATTERED WIFE SYNDROME:
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  23. STAGE 1: Stage One–Denial
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  25. STAGE 2: Stage Two–Guilt
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  27. STAGE 3: Stage Three-Enlightenment
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  29. STAGE 4: Stage Four–Responsibility
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  31. To Read More about what each Stage of Battered Wife Syndrome is, check out
  32. http://www.peoples-health.com/battered_womens_syndrome.htm
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  35. Battered Person Syndrome (Also Known As Battered Wife Syndrome)
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  38. Below you will find some information from Wikipedia posted in this paste. You can also learn more by going to the link below.  
  39. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battered_person_syndrome
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  41. Diagnosis
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  43. ICD9 code 995.81 [2] shows the syndrome as including "battered person/man/spouse syndrome NEC" and any person presenting with identified physical descriptors rather than psychological descriptors falls under the general heading of "Adult physical abuse", classified under "Injury and Poisoning".[3] DSM-IV-TR does not provide a distinct diagnostic category for reactions to battering. Rather the diverse reactions of battered women are treated as separate diagnoses, for example, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or depression.
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  47. Below is some information gathered from Medical Knowledge through CMAJ-JAMC
  48. To Read Full Script Article d/l the .pdf file.
  49. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1875950/
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  51. Symptomology
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  53. When BPS manifests as PTSD, it consists of the following symptoms: (a) re-experiencing the battering as if it were reoccurring even when it is not, (b) attempts to avoid the psychological impact of battering by avoiding activities, people, and emotions, (c) hyperarousal or hypervigilance, (d) disrupted interpersonal relationships, (e) body image distortion or other somatic concerns, and (f) sexuality and intimacy issues.[5]
  54. Additionally, repeated cycles of violence and reconciliation can result in the following beliefs and attitudes:[6]
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  56. The abused believes that the violence was his or her fault.
  57. The abused has an inability to place the responsibility for the violence elsewhere.
  58. The abused fears for his/her life and/or the lives of his/her children (if present).
  59. The abused has an irrational belief that the abuser is omnipresent and omniscient.
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  61. Battered wife syndrome is a symptom complex of physical and psychologic abuse of a woman by her husband. Although it may occur in up to 10% of Canadian women, it largely goes unrecognized. Such women often present with vague somatic complaints, such as headache, insomnia and abdominal pain. Thus, the diagnosis can usually only be made by asking nonthreatening open-ended questions. Most women remain with their husbands because they are afraid of them. Hence, successful treatment usually depends on the woman's leaving her husband and obtaining help in the development of a new self-concept.
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