Why Asperger’s And Bipolar Can Be Misdiagnosed As BPD.

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    One of the main reasons that borderline personality disorder (BPD) is sometimes believed to be a misdiagnosis is that it has symptoms in common with other disorders, two of which of these are : 1) Asperger’s Syndrome (a milder form of autism). 2) Bipolar Disorder. This used to be called manic-depression – its …

Childhood Fame : The Downside And Cost Of Fame

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  ‘I think every child star suffers through this period because you’re not the cute and charming child that you were. You start to grow, and they want to keep you little forever.’ -Michael Jackson on the perils of getting older. ‘I’m not after fame and success and fortune and power. It’s mostly that I …

Highly Dysfunctional Families and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

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  Those who go on to develop borderline personality disorder (BPD) almost invariably grew up as children in highly dysfunctional families in which the parent/s was/were emotionally unstable. I have written about BPD extensively in other articles on this site (to access them, simply type ‘BPD’ into the site’s search box) so I will only briefly recap upon …

Emotional Torture? When Parents Put Kids in a Psychological Double-Bind.

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  When parents put their child in a so-called ‘double-bind there is often a contradiction between the parent’s verbal message and body language. An example of a double-bind: The parent may profess to love the child’s company and yet the child senses the parent becomes uncomfortable and irritated whenever s/he enters a room where the …

Treatment for Trauma Related Nightmares

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About 1 in 20 people suffer from nightmares. However, amongst those who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), research indicates that this increases to approximately 70% – 95%. Those with PTSD may well also suffer from related psychological problems including intrusive memories, flashbacks and panic disorder. Often, the content of the nightmare in those …

Childhood Trauma Leading to Anhedonia (Inability to Experience Pleasure).

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  There is an established relationship between having experienced trauma as a child and suffering from anhedonia (the inability to experience feelings of pleasure) as an adult. Anhedonia drains the colour from life, rather like seeing a film in high-resolution colour suddenly fade into a grainy, blurred, black and white. One feels just intense emptiness and a …

Recovery of Repressed or Buried Memories of Abuse

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  There has been a long-standing debate about the reliability of recovered memories of trauma and abuse. The psychologist Loftus draws our attention to the distinction between Type I and Type II traumas. Type I traumas relate to a single event, whereas Type II traumas refer to those which were repeated and ongoing. It has been …

The Use of Religion as a Weapon of Abuse

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When I was thirteen, shortly after my disturbed and deeply unstable mother had thrown me out of the house and I was grudgingly received into the house (I won’t dignify it by calling it a home) of my father and his new wife (my step-mother,) I became, as might be expected, and which I may …

What Are The Effects Of Emotional Neglect Of A Child?

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What Are The Effects Of Emotional Neglect / Emotional Deprivation On The Child? A child who is emotionally neglected / emotionally deprived may be treated with indifference, as if s/he is of no importance, ignored, or almost as if s/he does not exist. It is the absence and withholding of the attention and approval the child expects …

Possible Effects of Divorce on Children

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My own parents divorced in the scorching summer of 1976 when I was 8 years old. At prep school, I was the only boy in the class with divorced parents. I was deeply ashamed of this fact, and I did my best to keep it a secret. I was so disturbed by my home life …