Ego State Therapy (Parts Work) For Treatment Of Complex PTSD

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  EGO STATE THERAPY is an approach to treating complex posttraumatic stress disorder (complex PTSD) and is sometimes referred to as ‘parts work.’ In particular, this therapy is designed to help treat symptoms of complex PTSD which come under the headings of : avoidance symptoms intrusive symptoms depressive symptoms Let’s briefly look at each of …

BPD Sufferers Over-React To Facial Expressions

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A study conducted by Donegan et al, 2003, found that sufferers of borderline personality disorder (BPD) were prone to interpreting neutral facial expressions as threatening facial expressions. The study involved 30 participants split into two groups as follows : Group 1: This group consisted of 15 individuals who had been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder …

Conversion Disorder And Its Link To Childhood Trauma

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  The term conversion disorder refers to a condition in which physical symptoms are manifested as a result of an underlying psychological problem – the psychological problem ‘converts’ itself into a physical problem though generally (without extensive clinical investigation) both the person with the condition and his/her doctor are unaware that the presenting physical problem …

Alfred Adler : The Importance Of How We Reconstruct The Past

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Alfred Adler (1870-1937), the famous Austrian psychotherapist, emphasized that it is our interpretation of the past, rather than the ‘objective’ past (even trying to explain what the ‘objective’ past is in relation to our own lives is fraught with insurmountable, philosophical complexities) that is crucial is determining its emotional and psychological effects upon us. Indeed, our …

What Is Emotional Numbing And What AreThe Signs?

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Severe emotional distress and trauma can lead to a psychological defence known as emotional numbing. Emotional numbing occurs when our conscious experience becomes so overwhelmingly, mentally painful that our feelings, in effect, ‘switch themselves off;’ the result is a kind of psychological ‘escape from reality – a reality which has become too terrible to tolerate. Those who experience …

Effects Of Divorce On Children Under Five On Relationship With Parents

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What Are The Effects Of Divorce On Children Under Five? I have already written more generally about the effect of divorce on children elsewhere on this site (click here to read one of my related articles). However, this article considers the effect on children who are particularly young (under the age of five years) with …

Structural Dissociation Theory

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    Structural dissociation theory was developed by Van der Hart, Nijenhuis and Steele (2006). Essentially, this theory relates to the idea that many of the behaviours that you may feel uncomfortable about, ashamed of, guilty about, or hate are likely to be the behaviours you unconsciously learned as a child to survive in an …

BPD, Low Self-Esteem And How To Stop Being Thin-Skinned

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Do people ever accuse you of being thin-skinned? If we have developed borderline personality disorder (BPD) as a result of our traumatic childhood, then one of the main symptoms we are likely to have developed is difficulties with interpersonal relationships. Most often, too, part of this difficulty resides in the fact that we are likely …

Health Anxiety : Its Link To Childhood Trauma

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  Above: short video summary of article 589 word article: We have already seen that all else being equal, an individual who suffers significant childhood trauma is at greater risk than average of developing an anxiety disorder in adulthood. In this article, I will look specifically at health anxiety and what types of childhood experiences may …

Somatic Experiencing Therapy : Healing The Dysfunctional Nervous System

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Dr Peter Levine’s somatic experiencing therapy is predicated upon the idea that the disturbing symptoms of PTSD are substantially caused by the adverse effect our traumatic experiences have had on the way our body and nervous system works. In essence, Levine contends that if we are suffering from PTSD it means we have become ‘stuck’ in the …