What Are The Effects Of Trauma On Young Children (0-6 Years)?

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The possible effects of childhood trauma on children under the age of six years are extensive and can be divided into three main categories. These three categories are as follows : BEHAVIOURAL EFFECTS COGNITIVE EFFECTS (i.e. effects on thinking and conscious mental processes) PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTS (i.e. effects on physical health and biological processes) Below, I …

Body Dysmorphic Disorder : Its Link To Childhood Trauma

  Studies (see below) suggest that those of us who suffered traumatic childhoods are significantly more likely to develop body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) than those who were fortunate enough to have experienced relatively stable and nurturing childhoods. I briefly summarize two of these studies below : Study One : A study conducted by Didie et …

Family Therapy And Adolescent BPD Sufferers

  Borderline Personality Disorder In Adolescents : I have written elsewhere about why some mental health clinicians are reluctant to diagnose borderline personality disorder (BPD) in adolescents. However, when an adolescent is believed to be suffering from this extremely serious psychiatric condition, family therapy can be of potentially crucial importance. What Is Family Therapy? Quite …

Child Trauma, Arrested Psychological Development and Age Regression

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  Arrested Psychological Development Traumatic life events can cause the child to become ‘stuck’ at a particular level of psychological development for an extended period – he may, therefore, often seem immature as development was frozen at an earlier stage. For example, an eleven-year-old child who was abandoned by his/her primary carer at age four …

Do You Spend Too Much Time Not Living In The Present?

  TIME PERSPECTIVE THERAPY: LIVE EFFECTIVELY IN THE PRESENT AND TAKE A POSITIVE VIEW OF PAST AND PRESENT Based upon Zimbardo’s and Boyd’s (2008) Time Perspective Theory, a therapeutic technique known as Time Perspective Therapy (Zimbardo, Sword and Sword) was developed. Time Perspective Therapy is predicated upon Zimbardo’s idea that the way in which we view and relate to …