What is Stockholm syndrome and is it curable/treatable?

In: Health.Ailments Asked by: Samsmom Nov 30, 2007 - 107 Months Ago.  Viewed 9711 times

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Stockholm Syndrome describes the behavior of kidnap victims who, over time, become sympathetic to their captors. The name derives from a 1973 hostage incident in Stockholm, Sweden. At the end of six days of captivity in a bank, several kidnap victims actually resisted rescue attempts, and afterwards refused to testify against their captors.

It's important to note that these symptoms occur under tremendous emotional and often physical duress. The behavior is considered a common survival strategy for victims of interpersonal abuse, and has been observed in battered spouses, abused children, prisoners of war, and concentration camp survivors.

Treatment for Stockholm syndrome requires two major components: (1) isolation from the stressful environment, and (2) patience. It takes time to recover from the trauma for victims of any violent or traumatic events.
Answered by: EricC - 107 Months Ago.
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