Twelve Examples Of Traumatic Childhood Experiences

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  Below I list, and briefly describe, twelve traumatic experiences that may befall us in childhood (although they are in no particular order) : 1) The death of a person to whom the child has a strong emotional bond, especially a parent. 2) Divorce of parents, especially when the divorce is acrimonious. 3) Abuse (which …

How To Get Unwanted Emotions Under Control And Keep A Cool Head

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  ‘I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.’ Oscar Wilde EMOTIONAL DYSREGULATION We have seen that significant, protracted childhood trauma, particularly if it leads us to develop borderline personality disorder or complex post-traumatic stress disorder, can result in us …

How Parental Stress Affects The Child’s Biology

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    Children of stressed parents are, unsurprisingly, more likely to be stressed themselves; this is true for various reasons: 1) It is now being hypothesized by experts in the field that severe stress that mothers experience before they even conceive their baby can alter their eggs in such a way that their infant is passed genetic …

Reducing Hyperarousal Caused By Childhood Trauma

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    We have seen that the experience of severe childhood trauma can lead to severe symptoms hyperarousal in adult life due to damage incurred to the development of the brain’s limbic system. Below I provide some definitions of hyperarousal: a state of increased psychological and physiological tension marked by such effects as reduced pain tolerance, …

Effect Of Childhood Trauma On The Limbic System And Emotional Control

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If we have suffered severe and chronic childhood trauma, there is a risk that an area of our brain called the limbic system may have incurred developmental damage which severely affects how we feel and behave as adults. What Is The Limbic System’s Normal Function? The limbic system is a region of our brain that experiences …

How Emotionally Unstable Parents Can Affect Their Children

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  The intense and constantly and dramatically fluctuating moods of the emotionally unstable parent permeate and dominate the household and can overwhelm the child, particularly when the intense emotions the parent is expressing are especially destructive ones such as hatred or suicidal despair. Because the parent’s intense, destructive emotions are so unpredictable and can emerge …

Take The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Test

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Perhaps the best-known study on the effects of adverse childhood experiences on later life was conducted by Felleti and was called, not inappropriately, THE ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES STUDY, abbreviated to the ACE Study. One of Feletti’s main aims in carrying out this study was to increase public and professional awareness of the enormous importance of …

Did Kurt Cobain Suffer From Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)?

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In the early nineties, whilst I was a student at Goldsmiths College, University of London, I was a big fan of Nirvana, and, in particular, Kurt Cobain (and I remember where I was when I heard of his not altogether unpredictable suicide by taking a massive heroin overdose, and, just to be on the safe …