Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Questionnaire

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As we have seen in several of the previously published articles on this website, severe childhood trauma can lead to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If you are concerned you might suffer from the condition, it is important to seek advice from a relevantly qualified mental health professional. However, if you want to …

Patterns of Behaviour Stemming from Childhood Trauma

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Childhood trauma may affect all aspects of an individuals life – mental, physical, emotional and spiritual. It may result in dissociation (cutting off from reality, either intentionally or unintentionally), constant hypervigilance (ie being perpetually on ‘red alert’ and expecting danger or calamity to strike at any moment), impaired cognitive (ie thinking) abilities (for example, decision-making skills …

Childhood Trauma : Avoidant Personality Disorder (AvPD).

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    If our experiences of relationships in childhood are largely negative and painful, in extreme cases, we may develop social phobia as adults, or, in even more severe cases, avoidant personality disorder (AvPD). What is AvPD? APD is similar to generalized social phobia, but of greater intensity. The person who suffers from it tries to avoid …

Posttraumatic Growth – How Trauma Can Positively Transform Us

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Image source: Dreamstime.com ‘Whatever does not kill me makes me stronger.’ – Nietzsche Much of the research into the effects of severe trauma has concentrated upon its NEGATIVE effects. However, as new research is showing that the experience of trauma can also have a positive transforming effect upon a person’s life, I thought I would …

PTSD – 3 Steps To Recovery: Safety, Remembering And Rebuilding

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After severe and protracted interpersonal trauma and the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)/ complex PTSD, one of the main symptoms the sufferer has to contend with often things which, in themselves, are not at all threatening can strike terror into the heart of the individual as, in his/her own mind, they are connected to, and …