Effects of Narcissistic Parents Who ‘Parentify’ Their Child

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A ‘parentified’ child is a term that psychologists use to refer to a situation between the child and the parent in which a role-reversal has occurred resulting in the child having to care for the parent (emotionally and/or physically) rather than the other way around. I have already written articles about narcissistic parents (e.g.¬†click here) …

Types Of Childhood Mental Illness Associated With Trauma

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  If we have experienced significant childhood trauma and find ourselves having mental health problems in adulthood as a result, it is quite possible that our psychiatric condition was already apparent, or, at least, had started to become apparent, during our childhood. Indeed, at any one time, about 1 in 4 children will be experiencing …

Gay Teens at Greater Risk of Suicide and Mental Illness

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  A large study at the University of Pittsburgh (USA) has found that gay teens are more likely to have a history of suicidality (eg suicidal feelings, suicidal plans, suicidal attempts) and depression than are heterosexual teens. The figures are shown below : Gay teens with a history of suicidality – 28% Heterosexual teens with …

Childhood Trauma Questionnaire

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  Childhood Trauma Questionnaire: (Derived from questions originally used in the Adverse Childhood Experiences [ACE] Study).     Did your parents often demean you, devalue you, swear at you or humiliate you? Did your parents physically abuse you? Were you often physically neglected (eg not fed properly, forced to wear dirty clothes, or not taken …

Posttraumatic Growth – Reconstructing The Life Story We Tell Ourselves

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We make sense of our lives by telling ourselves a story about it – however, this does not mean the story we tell ourselves reflects reality, not least because how we act and behave are often motivated by unconscious processes of which, by definition, we are unaware. Those who have suffered abusive childhoods very often …

BPD, Suicide, Attempted Suicide And ‘Smiling Depression.’

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SUICIDE AND BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER (BPD): It is a startling fact that those who suffer from borderline personality disorder (BPD) – a serious psychiatric condition which has been shown to be strongly associated with the experience of childhood trauma (click here to read one of my articles about this) – have a 1 in 10 …

Always ‘Zoning Out’? : Dissociative Disorder Explained.

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    Those of us who experienced significant childhood trauma are at a far higher risk of developing the psychiatric condition known as DISSOCIATIVE DISORDER in adulthood than are the rest of the population. Unfortunately, however, it often goes unidentified as it can, not infrequently, be misdiagnosed (most commonly as depression). Not least because the …