Some Lesser Known Therapies for Treating Effects of Severe Trauma

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There are some less well-known treatments for trauma that I thought it would be useful to take a brief look at in this post (I have covered the more mainstream treatments in other posts in the THERAPIES AND SELF-HELP category of this site. The specific therapies I am going to outline are: 1) THE COUNTING …

The Vicious Cycle of Adult Problems Stemming from Childhood Trauma

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    ‘WE NEED TO SEE THE SYMPTOMS WE HAVE AS A RESULT OF OUR CHILDHOOD TRAUMA LESS AS THE RESULT OF SOME CHARACTER FLAW, AND MORE AS THE RESULT OF HAVING SUFFERED EXTREME AND PAINFUL EXPERIENCES WHEN WE WERE LEAST ABLE TO COPE WITH THEM. BY CONSIDERING THE IDEA THAT OUR SYMPTOMS COULD BE …

Treating Conditions Linked To Childhood Trauma Eating Omega-3 Fats

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As far as diet is concerned, there are good fats and bad fats. The fats we put into our bodies are of particular importance because of their effect upon brain functioning. Again, some fats have a very positive effect upon the brain, whilst others have a damaging effect. Fats of great benefit to the brain …

Mindfulness : A Very Effective Technique for Treating Conditions Related to Childhood Trauma

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  MINDFULNESS is an exciting technique, its effectiveness supported by much research evidence, which is now becoming very popular as a tool for the treatment of conditions related to childhood trauma, including depression, anxiety, difficulties regulating emotions and borderline personality disorder (BPD). It derives from Buddhist philosophy. The technique teaches people to improve their coping …

Study Shows Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Improves Brain Functioning.

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Above image: Creative Commons Licence   DIALECTICAL BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (DBT), devised by Marsha Linehan, ┬áthe founder of Behavioral Tech, has been found to be particularly effective in treating those who, in part due to their childhood experiences, have gone on to develop BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER (BPD). Five skills are central to dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT); …

4 Vital Elements Of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy For Treatment Of BPD

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Above image: Creative Commons Licence   DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOR THERAPY (DBT), which helps individuals develop skills of mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness (see diagram above for more detail) is an exciting, relatively new treatment option for those suffering from BPD. It is a therapy which has elements in common with cognitive behavioural therapy …

Childhood Trauma : Defense Mechanisms Resulting from Stress.

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In our response to stress resulting from our childhood trauma and other factors we often develop psychological DEFENSE MECHANISMS in an attempt to protect ourselves (though, very often, we are not consciously aware that many behaviours/defence mechanisms we have developed in order to try to reduce the adverse effects of stress (though not all, eg …

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) : Latest Research Leads To New List Of Main Symptoms

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    Main Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms : Recent research has led to an expansion of the description of the main borderline personality disorder (BPD) symptoms. Following the development of the Sheldern Western Assessment Procedure 200 (an assessment tool which includes 200 questions that aid in the diagnosis of BPD) experts, based on up-to-date research, …

Childhood Trauma Leading to Excessive Need for Approval.

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  If we did not receive approval from those close to us in childhood we may grow up to have an excessive need for it from others later in life as a kind of compensation and in order to raise our shattered self-esteem. This can make us vulnerable and excessively anxious to make everybody like …

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) : Further Treatment Options.

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Individuals suffering from psychiatric conditions such as borderline personality disorder (BPD) find there are a vast array of therapies on offer purporting to be able to effectively treat them. The choice can seem overwhelming and confusing. In the case of BPD, however, although many different therapists may claim that the particular therapy that they offer …

Why We Worry And Methods Research Shows Can Help Control It

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Other posts in this category have already dealt with how early life experience of trauma can contribute┬áto us becoming anxious adults, and, also, that the type of negative thinking (cognitive) style we may have developed as a result of the early trauma can perpetuate symptoms of depression and anxiety. But what are the other causes …

The Gifted Child : Possible Traumatic Consequences

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  It is certainly not true for every gifted child, but some are at increased risk of ADJUSTMENT PROBLEMS and consequently, of unhappiness. Problems, research shows, may develop in connection with the following: – extreme sensitivity – alienation – uneven development – perfectionism – role conflict – inappropriate environments – adult expectations – self-definition Let’s …

How to Cope With Traumatic, Intrusive Memories, And Flashbacks

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Flashbacks and Intrusive memories are very painful, traumatic, and emotionally distressing, and, according to Ehlers et al. (2010), three main factors need to be considered when aiming to eliminate, or, at least, reduce the negative impact of, these kinds of memory. They identified the three factors as follows : Becoming aware of what is triggering …

Trauma: How Cognitive Processing Therapy Can Help.

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  It is always important to treat post-traumatic stress and this is particularly the case in relation to childhood trauma. This is because it is during childhood that we form our core beliefs about ourselves, others and the world in general. Childhood trauma can severely distort these beliefs in a highly destructive manner. Without treatment, …