Disturbing Memories – Why They can Remain Unprocessed

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The human brain is able to process most memories without difficulty. If, however, we have experienced particularly disturbing events during our childhood, it is possible that certain memories connected to such events have not yet been properly processed by the brain. Distressing memories which remain unprocessed can give rise to a number of most unpleasant …

Harmful Effects of Poverty on Early Brain Development

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Poverty And Brain Development A great many studies have now been conducted which show that those who grow up in poverty run the risk of the physical development of their brains being harmed, resulting in a negative impact on their adult lives. HOW DOES POVERTY AFFECT BRAIN DEVELOPMENT? Poverty can affect brain development as it …

The Course of BPD over the Life Span

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    There has, unfortunately, been little research on what those who suffer from borderline personality disorder (BPD) as adults were like, in terms of their personalities and character traits, as children; however, there is a fair amount of anecdotal evidence, much of which has come from these individuals’ parents. Whilst we must be wary …

Insomnia More Common in Childhood Trauma Survivors

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I have already published on this site a great many articles about how those of us who have suffered significant childhood trauma are at considerably higher risk of suffering from psychiatric conditions, as adults than average. One such condition is that we tend to be far more prone to developing what psychologists term ‘hypervigilance’ (partly …

Combined Effects of Divorce and Emotional Abuse on The Child.

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    Sometimes, when parents divorce, the child finds s/he is left to be brought up by a dysfunctional parent, perhaps because the single-parent is under enormous stress and/or suffers from mental illness. Indeed, this was the situation I found myself in from the age of eight, so I know how serious the effects on …