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    - Men who abuse their partners are often mentally ill
    A man abusing his partner is often suffering from depression, anxiety, substance abuse or other psychiatric diagnoses, according to a new doctoral thesis.
    - It was surprising that there were so many who qualified for a serious psychiatric diagnosis, says a researcher at NKTVS, Ingun Rangul Askeland, at the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies.

    Several diagnoses
    A new doctoral study at Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies (NKVTS), which has studies men in treatment for having abused their partner, shows that the majority have a psychiatric diagnosis. Seven out of ten in the qualitative study has a diagnosis:
    One of four has a depression diagnosis
    One in four have an anxiety diagnosis
    One of four has a rusdiagnose
    Many have multiple diagnoses
    She has used data from medical records of 1,100 men in doctoral study. 60 percent of men who displayed severe violence have mainly grown up with violence themselves.

    "Alternative to Violence" is not surprised by the findings.
    - Very many of our clients have received poor care in childhood. Therefore some of them qualify for a psychiatric diagnosis, says head of "Alternative to Violence", Ragna Lundgaard, NRK.
    At a seminar at the center eight armchairs stand around a table - comfortable to make it easier for the subjects to open up in group sessions. The objective: To answer why they have used violence against their nearest and dearest.
    - For us, violence is an answer to something. When we go into the history of each one there is something there that is understandable, Lundgaard says.

    Constant alert
    If you have grown up with violence, your body develops an emergency response system, because things can be dangerous, according to Askeland at NKVTS. This is a condition that can easily be triggered even though it is not dangerous in any rational sense.
    - And then he does something to prevent her from doing something he believes will happen, says Askeland.
    A theoretically undramatic statement from the woman, which does not necessarily mean that she will leave him, may be enough to set the man come in a defensive or offensive mode developed during life as he experienced it earlier.
    Askeland emphasizes that it is not true that all who are exposed to violence are violent offenders. But it is an important factor, which should serve as an encouragement for parents and society at large.
    - The best prevention we do is taking care of our kids, she says.