Stressful Experiences Linked to Childhood Obesity

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We are frequently reminded by the media that, in the western world, obesity in children has increased at an alarming rate since around the 1970s; worse, this rate of increase is expected to keep on growing for the foreseeable future. Indeed, in the United States, for example, one in six children are now medically classified …

Childhood Events And Experiences Linked To Bipolar Disorder

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  Bipolar disorder (which used to be called ‘manic depression’) is a condition in which the affected individual oscillates between periods of severe depression and periods of mania, combined with periods of relative ‘normality’ intervening between these episodes. The information below, adapted from DSM (diagnostic statistical manual) shows symptoms which may be experienced during the …

Betrayal By Parents : Long-term Effects.

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When parents/primary caretakers, the very people who have a profound responsibility to protect and nurture their child, perpetrate abuse against him/her, the child’s psychological development is likely to be damaged on a fundamental level. The child will come to view the parent/primary caretaker as a threat and danger to him/her; as a result, the child’s …

Childhood Trauma Leading to Addiction – The Signs

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I have discussed, in other articles, how the experience of severe childhood trauma can lead us to have a powerful need to dissociate‘(‘mentally escape’) from painful reality in adulthood. One of the main ways in which individuals attempt to do this is via an array of possible addictions. In this article I want to look …

Fight, Flight, Freeze or Fawn? Trauma Responses

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Most of us are already familiar with the concept of the ‘fight or flight’ response to perceived danger, namely that when presented with a threat our bodies respond by preparing us to fight against it or run from it. This response served our ancestors if they came face-to-face with a dangerous predator or encountered a …

Why Can Effects Of Childhood Trauma Be Delayed?

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Delayed onset post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can occur as a result of a severely disrupted childhood, is defined by the DSM (Diagnostic Statistical Manual) as PTSD which develops at least six months after the traumatic event/s; however, PTSD can take much longer than this to manifest itself. One reason why PTSD may not become …