Childhood Trauma and Major Depressive Disorder.

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  Studies overwhelmingly show a strong link between childhood trauma and the development of a major depressive disorder in later life (in fact, nearly every study into this link has shown that the two are correlated to a statistically significant degree). However, it continues to be treated most often as primarily a disorder caused by …

Adverse Effects on Physical Health of Childhood Trauma

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A vast amount of research has been carried out on the potentially devastating psychological impact of childhood trauma upon the individual. Far less, however, has been conducted on such trauma’s effect on physical health (or, as it’s also termed, psychobiological effects). Indeed, it is only in the last decade that studies into physical health effects …

Effects on Sexuality of Childhood Trauma

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  I have already written extensively on the effects of childhood trauma on individuals such as PTSD, self-harm, issues surrounding emotional regulation (control),  alcoholism, self-esteem, relationship difficulties,  drug addiction, dissociative disorders and more. However, so far I have written little about the effect of childhood trauma on sexuality. Why? Well, for one thing, it is a …

Effects of Lack of Emotional Security in Childhood.

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& Lack Of Emotional Security Children who grow up in emotionally secure environments are likely to develop good emotional regulation (control) in later life and are unlikely to develop significant anti-social personality traits (characteristics). However, when there is a lack of emotional security and the environment is hostile, the child will tend to develop ‘avoidant …

Child Trauma and Trauma Focused Therapy (TFT)

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  What Is Trauma Focused Therapy? Trauma Focused Therapy (TFT) utilizes the following treatments, either on their own, or in combination : 1) EXPOSURE THERAPY – this type of therapy encourages the person to confront the stimuli connected to the trauma which s/he fears. The exposure may be IMAGINAL (ie a mental picture of the feared stimuli …

Complex PTSD In Children And Its Misdiagnosis As Anger Disorders

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When I got to about the age of 12 or 13 I became a very angry child (although my angry outbursts were mainly confined to the home). In my case, my anger almost certainly came about as a defensive reaction to my mother’s extreme psychological abuse. In hindsight, now, I can see that such behavior …

Personality Disorder Clusters and Severity Questionnaire

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  It has been often stated in my posts that personality disorders are often linked to traumatic childhoods. I have already described several personality disorders, but I would like to introduce you to some we have not met before. I also wish to introduce the psychiatric concept of clusters. There are very many personality disorders, …

Is Hypnosis Real? Evidence From Neuroimaging And Brain Activity.

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Is Hypnosis Real? In the past, scientific studies on the effectiveness of hypnosis had to rely upon the verbal reports of those who had undergone hypnosis – in other words, the researchers relied upon the subjective account the person who had been hypnotized gave of his/her experience (which is not an ideal way of accruing scientific …

Childhood Trauma – Ways to Help Us Stop Over-Thinking about It.

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When we suffer a great trauma, one of its effects can be to greatly reduce the sense of control we have over our lives, making us feel extremely vulnerable, and, sometimes, leading us to become preoccupied with central questions to our existence such as whether we are a good or bad person if we are …

Childhood Trauma : The Effects of Bullying

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  Being bullied when we were young can have long-lasting adverse effects, particularly if we were sensitive and socially anxious as children. The form that bullying takes can be both overt (blatant and obvious) or much more subtle, The subtle forms of bullying are more difficult to detect, but they include : – betraying a …

Childhood Trauma Leading to ‘The Jumping to Conclusions’ Bias

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Those who suffer childhood trauma, studies reveal, are far more likely than others, all else being equal, to develop a specific COGNITIVE BIAS which has been termed, rather informally, ‘The Jumping to Conclusions Bias’. Those who develop this cognitive bias demonstrate a marked tendency to quickly make decisions based upon incomplete information in social situations, drawing …