Controversies: Alarming Study – How Psychiatrists can Get It Wrong.

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  We have seen from other articles that I have published on this site that those who have suffered severe and ongoing childhood trauma and have then, as adults, gone on to be diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) may be better served, in many cases, by being diagnosed with complex PTSD instead (in relation …

Childhood Trauma: Its Link to Adult Anxiety.

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    Anxious personality types often result from childhood trauma. Research has shown that there are 7 major factors that influence the way our personalities develop. These are: – the way in which we are disciplined in childhood– our place within the family e.g. birth order/sex– the kinds of role model we had as children …

Psychodynamic And Psychoanalytic Therapy: Treating The Root Cause Of Related Symptoms.

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  I had been perplexed for a very long time, given the emotional symptoms I was experiencing, which, it had always been obvious to me, were in large part related to my childhood experiences, why I had never been offered therapy, by the NHS, which could specifically address this issue. In fact, the professionals I …

Childhood Trauma: Identity Problems and How to Tackle Them.

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  One outcome of childhood trauma can frequently be that the person who has suffered it is prone to develop IDENTITY PROBLEMS. A person’s identity represents their attempt to pin down the essential elements he sees (rather than what others see) that make the individual who s/he is. One’s identity develops over time. Our identity …

Prince Harry Tries EMDR To Help Process Trauma. What Is It?

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      Prince Harry, who tragically lost his mother, Princess Diana, at the age of just 12, has recently opened up about his childhood trauma in a series of interviews with Oprah Winfrey and has revealed that to help him process this trauma, he has opted to undergo EMDR therapy. But what does this …

Childhood Trauma: The Five Main Personality Disorders.

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  Because childhood trauma has frequently been linked to the later development of borderline personality disorder (BPD), I have devoted a whole category of this blog to the analysis of that particular condition (see CATEGORIES section). However, as childhood trauma can also contribute to other personality disorders (for example, see the Collaborative Longitudinal Personality Disorders …

Childhood Trauma: Its Relationship to Psychopathy.

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      The term ‘psychopath’ is often used by the tabloid press. In fact, the diagnosis of ‘psychopath’ is no longer given – instead, the term ‘anti-social personality disorder’ is generally used. When the word ‘psychopath’ is employed by the press, it tends to be used for its ‘sensational’ value to refer to a cold-blooded …

Childhood Trauma: Damage Done by Breakdown of Maternal Bond.

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  Whilst the child has many relationships (e.g. with siblings, teachers, friends, etc) the relationship between the child and the mother is of paramount importance. How our mother relates to us in our early years has a profound impact on our subsequent development and future lives, not least in terms of how we perceive ourselves …

Childhood Trauma: Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (with Questionnaire).

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          Survivors of extreme trauma often suffer persistent anxiety, phobias, panic, depression, identity and relationship problems. Many times, the set of symptoms the individual presents with are not connected to the original trauma by those providing treatment (as certainly was the case for me in the early years of my treatment, necessitating me …

Childhood Trauma: How The Child’s View Of Their Own ‘Badness’ Is Perpetuated.

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Do You Ever Ask Yourself The Question: Am I A Bad Person? When a child is continually mistreated, s/he will inevitably conclude that s/he must be innately bad. This is because s/he has a need (at an unconscious level) to preserve the illusion that her/his parents are good; this can only be achieved by taking …

Childhood Trauma : Kurt Cobain’s Childhood

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I was a big fan of Kurt Cobain (1967-1994) and his band, Nirvana. I, therefore, remember where I was when I first heard the news of his death – it came on the TV in the gym I was in at the time (in an uninspiring town called Watford just north of London, UK, as …