Posted by: RBC | 2009-03-11

Versteuring of persoonlikheid???

Ek het ' n navraag insake ' n kollega van my. Sy ken ' n dame ( bo 60 jarige ouderdom) met volgende eienskappe ens en sy dink die persoon het ' n probleem. Sy is nie seker of dit dalk net persoonlikheid is en of dit ' n versteuring of afwyking is nie. Sy was glo so toe sy jonger was, maar dit word net al erger:
Die persoon word vinnig kwaad, het ' n lae selfbeeld, baie aggressief, pak al haar pare skoene in haar kamer in ' n tipe van ' n "  pad"  waarlangs sy glo moet loop, onthou onbenullige detail ongelooflik goed bv: ek het laasnag 6 ure, 42 minute en 10 sekondes geslaap... Niks word weggegooi nie bv: eierdoppe ens wat sy klaar gebruik het nie, as sy naels knip bere sy dit in ' n stukkie toiletpapier - dit word nie weggegooi nie!!! Maar as iemand bv aan ' n blompot in haar huis ' n paar millimeter regs sal sit sal sy kwaad word en die blompot weer terugskryf soos hy was...Is daar ' n naam vir die soort ding of is dit ' n geval van iemand is so gemaak en so laat staan??? Is daar dalk benamings wat ons kan naslaan om meer inligting te kry???? Dankie.

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Indeed, low self-esteem and easy temper are common problems, which can respond to treatment ( less successful if the individual is over 60 and has been like this for years ) --- but there's nothing that can be done about it unless and until the individual themselves considers these to be problems, and sincrely wants to take part in, and seeks for themselves, proper treatment. You can't do it for them.
But you seem towards the end of your description, to be speaking of more sinister signs, of self-neglect and hoarding, that could be related to significant Depression with obsessive features, and/or dementia or both. The challenge would be to persuade her to seek help, to see a psychiarist o psychologist able to carefully assess her, and then try to persuade her to acpt the sort of help she may need.

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