Ten Childhood Experiences That May Lead To PTSD

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I list below ten types of childhood experiences which, depending on their intensity and the vulnerability of the individual who experiences them, could lead to the later development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD). However, it is important to stress that such experiences will NOT NECESSARILY lead to these conditions. …

Do You Feel Constantly Frightened and Under Threat?

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  One of the symptoms we can manifest as adults if we have experienced significant childhood trauma is a feeling of being constantly under threat. Psychologists call this a ‘sense of current threat’ and it is one of the hallmarks of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It can include having constant intrusive thoughts, flashbacks and nightmares; …

Childhood Trauma and Depression – Somatic Symptoms

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We know that the experience of significant childhood trauma makes a person more vulnerable to suffering from clinical depression in later life. Whilst depression usually gives rise to both psychological and somatic (i.e. bodily) symptoms, in this article I intend to focus solely on somatic symptoms. One such symptom of depression is a constant feeling …

Overcoming Emotional Numbness : Recognition Of The Root Cause

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Inevitably, a sense of loss accompanies the experience of childhood trauma, which, in turn, can manifest itself by leaving us with a constant feeling of EMOTIONAL NUMBNESS. Whilst highly unpleasant, the feeling of emotional numbness is, essentially, a psychological defence mechanism enabling us to avoid certain feelings that would otherwise attach themselves to events and …