Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Misdiagnosis

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 Many experts now refer to a condition called complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) to describe a set of symptoms for which there was previously not a satisfactory diagnosis. The condition can express itself in a similar way to borderline personality disorder (BPD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) but is sufficiently distinct from these to warrant …

Parentification: A Closer Look at The Harmful Effects.

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I have already touched upon the topic of ‘parentification’ articles but, in this one, wish to examine its possible harmful effects a little more closely. First, let’s quickly recap what is meant by the term. What Is Parentification? Parentification refers to when a role reversal occurs between a parent and a child. To elaborate: the child is used …

Socrates and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

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  If we have suffered serious childhood trauma the research indicates that we are more likely than those who enjoyed a relatively stable childhood to develop clinical depression during our adulthood (all else being equal). In this article, I want to look at what CBT has in common with the teachings of Socrates (469-399 BC) …

Depression: Why Fighting Depressive Feelings can Worsen Them.

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  Childhood trauma, especially if this involved the experience of being abandoned and rejected (either literally, emotionally or both) can make us especially prone to developing serious forms of depression in our adult lives. To make matters worse still, if we were emotionally uncared for as children, too, it very often follows that we have, …