What is it?

Stockholm Syndrome is a psychological response to being taken as a hostage or being an abused victim. This syndrome is characterized by sympathizing with the person’s abuser or kidnapper and developing positive emotions towards them, along with developing negative emotions towards the police or the authorities. It occurs over time and is not well understood yet to whom it may happen.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms may include development of positive feelings in the victim toward the person holding them captive or abusing them, along with developing negative emotions towards the police, the authorities, or anyone trying to help them get away. Also, the victim may think their captor is human and believe they share the same goals and values.


Stockholm Syndrome is diagnosed in an interview with mental health professionals.


Treatment may include psychotherapy in order to teach coping mechanisms and help prevent post traumatic stress disorder.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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