Psychotherapeutic Interventions That Research Suggests Are Helpful For Individuals Suffering with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).

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  A quick search of the internet reveals a very large range of therapies on offer which purports to treat BPD effectively. Indeed, the sheer range of putative treatments can seem confusing and overwhelming. It is for this reason that I concentrate on just six treatments that research suggests are the most beneficial. Let’s look …

Childhood Trauma And Self-Harm.

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  Childhood Trauma And Self-Harm Many research studies (e.g. Arnold, 1995) have demonstrated a link between having been abused as a child and self-harm. In one study, 84% of individuals who self-harmed reported that childhood trauma had contributed to their condition. WHAT IS SELF-HARM? The following are examples: -skin cutting -skin burning -compulsive skin picking …

Repression Of Traumatic Childhood Memories.

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  Repression Of Traumatic Childhood Memories Most of us are familiar with the idea that people who have experienced severe traumas sometimes REPRESS the memory of them (i.e. bury them deep in the unconscious where they cannot be consciously recalled). This process is known as REPRESSION. This is thought to be an automatic process (ie. …

Childhood Trauma: The Statistics

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Is Childhood Trauma Common? The following statistics relate to the UK. However, it should be pointed out that childhood trauma and abuse tend to be under-reported and under-recorded so the figures presented should only be taken as a guide. The statistics were gained by interviews with a large sample of young adults. – a quarter …

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Challenging Our Negative Thoughts.

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  Challenging Negative Thoughts : This article examines how we can use cognitive behavioral therapy to challenge our negative thoughts. When we have negative thoughts, it is important to ask ourselves: ‘What is the evidence to support this negative thought/belief?’ OFTEN, WILL WILL FIND THERE IS VERY LITTLE OR AT LEAST NOT THE COMPELLING EVIDENCE …

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy For Childhood Trauma. Does It Work?

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      WHAT IS COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY AND HOW CAN IT AID RECOVERY FROM CHILDHOOD TRAUMA? Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT)  was initially devised during the 1970s by Aaron Beck and has since been developed by other psychologists (for example, David Burns, MD) and is now used to treat many conditions that individuals who have experienced …

Childhood Trauma: Coming To Terms with What We Have Lost.

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Many who suffered childhood trauma grow up feeling that their childhood has been ‘stolen’ from them. They may have grown up feeling worthless and uniquely unloveable, lacking, too, in feelings of safety and security. They may also grow up with a lack of confidence and find it extremely difficult to trust anyone or to believe …

Anger Resulting from Childhood Trauma

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Anger is not a bad thing if it is APPROPRIATELY EXPRESSED. Expressing it inappropriately will usually get us nowhere and can badly backfire. However, its appropriate expression is often effective. As we begin to realize that what was done to us as children was wrong, anger often emerges (especially when we start to understand all the …

Coping Mechanisms for Survivors of Childhood Trauma

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  How Do Survivors Of Child Abuse Cope? There are two main types of coping mechanisms: 1) Those which are helpful in the short-term, but unhealthy in the long-term. 2) Those which are useful in the long-term (but can take more effort and discipline). Examples of the first include: drinking too much, use of illicit …

Stop Blaming Yourself! Childhood Trauma: An Analysis of Blame.

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  When we are children, if someone treats us badly, we attempt to understand why. But in trying to understand, the child’s logic is very often flawed, and s/he falsely deduce s/he is to blame for it. The child’s flawed logic may flow similarly to this: ‘Someone is hurting me…punishment only happens to bad children…that …