Possible Long-Term Effects Of Highly Stressed Mothers On Infants

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Mothers who are suffering severe and protracted stress (e.g. due to an anxiety disorder) for a significant period of time whilst bringing up their infants are likely to be less attentive to their off-spring than are mothers who are mentally healthy. In such a deprived environment, the part of the infant’s neuroendocrine system known as …

Failure Of Information Processing At Core Of PTSD

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Research suggests (for examples, see below) that traumatic memories are not stored in the normal way (this theory was initially proposed by the psychologist and philosopher Pierre Janet) but non-linguistically as feelings/emotions and sensations (e.g. images, sounds, smells). This means that they cannot be properly articulated nor integrated into the individual’s personal narrative (story) in a …

What Is The Difference Between Repression And Dissociation?

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    I have frequently referred to the concepts of DISSOCIATION and REPRESSION on this site as, of course, both are highly relevant to the subject of childhood trauma. But what is the difference between the two? REPRESSION : In terms of psychoanalytic theory (of which Sigmund Freud is considered to be the ‘father’) REPRESSION …

Psychotic ‘Hallucinations’ : Could They Be Trauma-Based Memories?

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The renowned UK psychologist, Oliver James, argues both eloquently and convincingly in his most enlightening book:  ‘Not In Your Genes’, that the extremely serious and distressing psychiatric disorder, schizophrenia, is almost entirely the result of environmental factors, and far less related to genetic influences than has previously believed. In making this argument, he also alerts us to the …

Were You An Intensely Angry Child? A Possible Explanation.

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  Anger displayed by traumatized children differs markedly from anger displayed by non-traumatized children. The anger exhibited by such traumatized children (in comparison with how anger tends to be exhibited by non-traumatized children): is more extreme and intense comes on more suddenly is more difficult for carers of the child to calm is more out …

Complex PTSD And ‘A Sense Of A Foreshortened Future.’

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  Those suffering from Complex PTSD may live their lives as if there is, literally, no tomorrow. This might include spending all of their money as soon as they get it or entering into destructive relationships. Also, individuals may be completely uninterested in setting themselves long-term goals as they feel it would futile. They may, …