Active And Passive Emotional Abuse

    Emotional abuse of children (sometimes referred to as psychological abuse) by their parents / primary caregivers can be divided into two types : PASSIVE EMOTIONAL ABUSE ACTIVE EMOTIONAL ABUSE Let’s look at each of these in turn : PASSIVE EMOTIONAL ABUSE : Passive emotional abuse tends to be less obvious and more subtle …

Theories Of Causes Of Anger And Borderline Personality Disorder

As we have seen from numerous other articles that I have published on this site, those who suffered significant and chronic childhood trauma are at much-increased risk of developing borderline personality disorder (BPD) in their adult lives compared to those who were fortunate enough to grow up in relatively stable, non-threatening, loving and nurturing families. …

Understanding Developmental Trauma In Children And Young People.

  Researchers van der Kolk et al. have proposed that children who are significantly psychologically and emotionally disturbed as a result of their traumatic upbringings be diagnosed with Developmental Trauma Disorder  (although the proposed diagnosis is not yet included in the DSM or, to give it its full title, The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). The …

Traumatic Memory : Flashbacks, Fragments, Nightmares And Repression

  Remembering traumatic events is in some ways beneficial. For example, it allows us to review the experience and learn from it. Also, by replaying the event/s, its/their emotional charge is diminished. However, sometimes the process breaks down and the memories remain powerful and frightening. Sometimes they seem to appear at random, and at other …

Effects Of Unpredictable, Toxic Childhood Stress And Stress Inoculation

Many children who grow up in dysfunctional family homes find themselves living in a state of hypervigilance, never knowing how their parents are going to respond to them at any given time (for example, this is often the case in homes where one or both parents are alcoholics or in homes where the parents are …

Steps To Healing From Childhood Trauma As An Adult

Research shows those who suffer childhood trauma CAN and DO recover. Making significant changes in life can be a very daunting prospect, but those who do it in order to aid their own recovery from childhood trauma very often find the hard work most rewarding. Some people find making the necessary changes difficult, whereas others find …

Coping With BPD Parents And Therapy For Stolen Childhood.

Children Of Parents With Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD): Some of us experienced childhood trauma due to a parent being unstable. As has been described in previous posts, BPD causes great instability in individuals, which can have a very serious impact on that individual’s child/ren, so some of us who experienced childhood trauma may have grown up with a …

Adult Loneliness Linked To Childhood Trauma And Feelings Of Shame

Statistics Relating To Loneliness : About one in twenty (i.e. 5%) of the adult population reports feeling lonely ‘often’ or ‘always’; 16% reported feeling lonely ‘sometimes’ ; and 24% reported feeling lonely ‘occasionally’ (2016-2017). Those who have low levels of trust for people living in their locality report feeling lonely more often. Of all the …

How Traumatized Brain Differs From Normal Brain And 7 Ways To Repair It

Severe and protracted childhood trauma can physically damage the brain’s development, adversely affecting both its structure and functionality, which, in turn, can contribute to the development of very serious psychiatric conditions such as complex posttraumatic stress disorder (complex PTSD) and borderline personality disorder (BPD). In this article, I will focus in on the main ways …

Effects Of Passive-Aggressive Parents On The Child

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  Having parents who treat us in a passive-aggressive manner can have an extremely adverse effect upon our mental health; indeed, Scott Wetzler PhD, an expert in these matters, based at Montefiore Medical Center, has said, quite unequivocally, that being on the receiving end of passive-aggressive behaviour can lead to the victim feeling as if …

Borderline Personality Disorder And Psychosis

If we are unfortunate enough to develop BPD following a traumatic childhood, in some cases (NOT all) we may, especially during periods of acute stress, be prone to what psychologists and psychiatrists refer to as brief psychotic episodes. Such brief psychotic episodes can entail experiencing, for periods of short duration, symptoms such as paranoid delusions and hallucinations. However, …

How Childhood Trauma Can Profoundly Damage Our View Of Ourselves

  If we have experienced childhood trauma to a significant degree, we may irrationally blame ourselves for it which, in turn, may well seriously, negatively, distort our self-perception; in other words, adversely affect our view of ourselves. Our ENVIRONMENT has a large influence on how our personalities develop. For example, children brought up in a …

Childhood Trauma, The Shame Loop And Defenses Against Shame

Feelings of shame can be excruciatingly painful; at their worst, they can cause us to completely isolate ourselves so that we avoid contact with others to the extent that we may become virtual recluses, perhaps only daring to venture out of our house or flat when absolutely necessary. Indeed, the word ‘shame‘ derives from the Indian …