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Default Any information about abuse by parents with PTSD?

I myself have Complex PTSD from being abused by my parents and community. I have reason to believe at least one of my parents may have also suffered some form of PTSD from an event in their life. I was wondering if anyone knew if there was information about the children of people who inflict their PTSD on them. I know a lot of child abuse comes from narcissistic parents, but I don't think either of my parents were narcissists - their behavior doesn't match up to the symptoms.

Does anyone here know of any articles, etc. regarding the effects of PTSD-afflicted parents willingly abusing their children?
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Default Re: Any information about abuse by parents with PTSD?

Google on 'continuing the cycle' or things like that.. you might find something.
Also, you can use Google Search but Google Scholar will get you higher-level articles.
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Here is a link to an article from PsychCentral's archives that may be of interest:

https://psychcentral.com/news/2013/0...ild/59140.html

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Default Re: Any information about abuse by parents with PTSD?

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Here is a link to an article from PsychCentral's archives that may be of interest:

(link deleted because I'm not allowed to post links - even when they're quotes from someone else)

Well, this definitely happened to me, but I was hoping for the specific effects of abuse from a PTSD sufferer vs. say a narcissistic abuser. Psychologists are having a hard time treating me because my injuries don't match anything they've seen well enough to use the treatments they usually use.

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TheUrOther,

I'm not sure if you where able to view Skeezyks link or not. Here is the content:

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Mom’s PTSD May Endanger Child

By Rick Nauert PhD
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Any information about abuse by parents with PTSD?Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in mothers may lead to an increased risk of child maltreatment.
Researchers say the potential for maltreatment is beyond that associated with maternal depression.
Experts have known that the mental state of a caregiver in an important risk factor for child maltreatment and maternal depression is associated with an increased use of corporal punishment and physical abuse of children.
However, until recently, research on maternal depression and maltreatment risk has largely ignored the fact that depression and PTSD often occur together.
Now, the National Comorbidity Survey suggests that 24.7 percent of depressed women have PTSD and that 48.4 of women with PTSD have depression.
In a study published by JAMA Pediatrics, Claude M. Chemtob, Ph.D., and colleagues examined the association of probable maternal depression, PTSD and comorbid PTSD and depression with the risk for child maltreatment and parenting stress and with the number of traumatic events that preschool children are exposed to.
The study included 97 mothers of children ages 3 to 5 years old. About half of the children were boys.
The children of mothers with PTSD (with a mean number of events the child was exposed to at 5) or with comorbid PTSD and depression (3.5 events) experienced more traumatic events than those of mothers with depression (1.2 events) or neither disorder (1.4 events).
When PTSD symptom severity scores were high, psychological aggression and the number of traumatic events children experienced increased.
Depressive symptom severity scores also were associated with the risk for psychological aggression and exposure to traumatic events only when PTSD symptom severity scores were low, according to the study results.
Researchers found that mothers who had both PTSD and depression were more likely to physically and psychologically abuse their children.
“Mothers in the comorbid group reported the highest levels of physically and psychologically abusive behaviors and overall parenting stress. Although not statistically significant, mothers with depression alone showed a trend toward endorsing more physically abusive and neglectful parenting behaviors,” the study concludes.
“Given the high comorbidity between PTSD and depression, these findings suggest the importance of measuring PTSD symptoms when considering the relationship between depression and increased risk for child maltreatment.”
Source: The JAMA Network Journals
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I'm not sure if you where able to view Skeezyks link or not. Here is the content:
I could read the link just fine; I just could not include it in a quote, because I don't have enough posts yet.

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Well, this definitely happened to me, but I was hoping for the specific effects of abuse from a PTSD sufferer vs. say a narcissistic abuser. Psychologists are having a hard time treating me because my injuries don't match anything they've seen well enough to use the treatments they usually use.

Thank you anyway.
I don't understand why they are having a hard time treating you since the focus of trauma therapy is on the client and the abuse experienced, not the mental illness their abuser had/has.

It would be and should be the same treatment used for anyone else with PTSD.I also grew up with abuse,extreme abuse,and although I did talk about my parents,whatever mental illnesses they had nothing to do with the type of treatment I received.

Can you explain why it supposedly matters concerning whether psychologists can help you or not?

BTW,my father had untreated,unmanaged PTSD,but that was probably the least of his problems.
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Default Re: Any information about abuse by parents with PTSD?

I don't know any specific links but there is plenty of research and information about the struggles and continuation of abuse through multiple generations when parents have trauma histories. It is a very common thing. There have been studies on epigenetics and studies on attachment trauma from parents who have attachment failure... so much info out there. I would say that parents with a history of trauma / PTSD continuing the cycle because of poor parenting skills is the rule rather than the exception.
My own parents weren't narcissists but both of them were both very damaged because of their own childhood abuse. This is a very common thing.
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Default Re: Any information about abuse by parents with PTSD?

I believe my mom has PTSD, as did her mom. It wasn't diagnosed in the general population back then, and it was called shell shock with veterans. I have never heard that most of cPTSD comes from Narcissistic parents. Are there that many people professionally diagnosed with it to come to that conclusion?

I read several books on parenting when I had my son, and it helped a great deal. I tried my best to not pass on the abuse, and I didn't.
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Can you explain why it supposedly matters concerning whether psychologists can help you or not?

I guess they were grasping at straws. They have since given up and labelled me "treatment-resistant".
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