What Physical Harm Can Complex PTSD Cause?

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  Unfortunately, as well as psychological effects, if we have developed complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) as a result of our childhood experiences (click here to read my article on the difference between PTSD and CPTSD), the condition can also give rise to adverse physical effects (i.e. bodily/somatic effects). The main reason for this is …

Childhood Trauma Leading to Intense Self-Criticism

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If we suffered significant childhood trauma it is likely we were not instilled with an adequate sense of self-acceptance or self-assurance when we were young. Perhaps we were made to feel inadequate and inherently flawed as individuals. Such feelings can extend well into our adult lives, or, without therapy, last the whole of our lives. …

Childhood Trauma Leading to Development of Negative Schema

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What Are Schema? The term ‘schema‘ refers to the fundamental beliefs and feelings we have about ourselves, others, and the world in general – together with how these interact. They are very deep-rooted and enduring. We develop our schemas during childhood and if our childhood is traumatic these schemas can become extremely negative, dysfunctional and …

Controlling Parents: Their Effects On Children

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  Controlling parents inappropriately impose their own will on their child which, when excessive, can deprive him/her of developing his/her own sense of identity and prevent him/her behaving in an authentic manner. They may also demand an unhealthy display of love, adoration and devotion from their offspring (this may be driven by an unconscious, profound …

Childhood Trauma : The ‘Silent Treatment’.

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Silence can be as vindictive as speech. Anon 734-word article My mother was the master, or, in her case, the mistress, of this technique. She would retreat into menacing and ominous non-communication so that a black atmosphere, a harbinger of doom, permeated the house, evoking feelings of intense anxiety and fear – even terror. I …