Vast Majority Of Parental Maltreatment Of Children Unacknowledged

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  Parental Maltreatment Of Children : Except in very extreme cases, such as severe physical abuse, the vast majority of parental mistreatment of children not only goes unreported, but is unacknowledged and, essentially, ignored (although this situation is gradually improving as people become more educated about the potentially devastating effects of bad parenting). Emotional Abuse …

Should BPD Treatment Be More Individualized?

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Above image: Creative Commons Licence Problems Relating To The Diagnosis Of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD): In order to be diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) an individual must suffer from AT LEAST FIVE SYMPTOMS out of a total of NINE listed in the DSM V (The Diagnostic And Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition). …

BPD Sufferers May Avoid ‘Mentalising’ Due To Parental Rejection

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Peter Fonagy, an internationally renowned clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst and expert in borderline psychopathology and early attachment relationships, and who has produced some of the most influential work relating to this field, has stressed the importance of MENTALISING (or, more precisely, the avoidance of it) in relation to borderline personality disorder (BPD). What Is Meant By …

Early-Life Separation From Mother : What Experiments On Mice Tell Us.

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The Study: A Mouse Model Of Early-Life Stress : This experiment was conducted to look at the effects on mice of early-life stress. It involved separating baby mice from their mothers for three hours per day for each of the first ten days of their lives. Results Of The Study : It was found that the …

Being Constantly Humiliated By Parents May Damage Brain’s Corpus Callosum

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What Is The Corpus Callosum? The brain is divided into two halves called the RIGHT HEMISPHERE and the LEFT HEMISPHERE. These two halves are connected by a structure called the CORPUS CALLOSUM.    The function of the corpus callosum is to allow communication to take place between the left hemisphere and the right hemisphere; it …

Explaining BPD In Terms Of The Diathesis-Stress Model

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What Does ‘Diathesis’ Mean? The medical definition of ‘diathesis’ is ‘a hereditary or constitutional predisposition to a disease or other disorder.‘ (The word ‘diathesis’ itself derives from the Greek word for ‘disposition). What Is The Diathesis-Stress Model? The diathesis-stress model is a psychological theory that proposes that a psychiatric disorder is caused not by hereditary …

The Link Between Childhood Trauma, Psychopathology And Sexual Orientation

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The Link Between Childhood Trauma, Psychopathology And Sexual Orientation Childhood Trauma And Sexual Orientation : A study, based on statistics and information derived from the National Longitudinal Study Of Adolescent Health (2001-2002) examined the link between sexual orientation and history of childhood maltreatment. This research involved analysis relating to 13,962 participants that comprised young people …

Start Your Own Mental Health Blog

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    My Own Experience Of Blogging : I started this blog about five years ago as I believed it would help in my recovery – it has certainly done so. It has introduced some structure into my life and has had a cathartic effect. Most importantly, it has helped me understand my past feelings …

Divorce : Signs Children Are Being Used As Pawns Or Weapons

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Introduction : I have already published on this site articles which examine the potentially very psychologically damaging effects that divorce, particularly a  divorce that is acrimonious, can inflict upon the child. My own parents divorced when I was eight years old, so I do have some personal experience in relation to this subject. When parents …

What Is ‘The Trauma Model’ Of Mental Disorders And Psychopathology?

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  The Trauma Model Of Mental Disorders : According to the trauma model of mental disorders (also sometimes referred to as the trauma model of psychopathology), many professionals involved with the treatment of psychiatric disorders (such as psychiatrists) have been excessively preoccupied with the medical model of mental disorders (the medical model stresses the importance …

Psychotic Depression, Schizophrenia And Childhood Trauma Subtypes

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As we have seen from other articles I have published on this site, childhood trauma can be split into 4 main subtypes: emotional abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect. In this article, I briefly describe some of the main research findings in regard to the association between childhood trauma and the risk of suffering …