Feel Constantly ‘Numbed Out’? Polyvagal Informed Therapy May Help

It is well known that our body’s self-protective response to imminent danger and threat (whether perceived or real) is to enter a state of ‘fight’ or ‘flight.’ However, what is perhaps slightly less well known is there is a third type of response:¬† the FREEZE RESPONSE. So, the ‘fight, flight response’ may also sometimes be …

Childhood Trauma : Some Important Facts And Statistics

Many of these live with chronic, perpetual and relentless trauma (e.g. living in a family in which there is ongoing abuse) thus denying the child periods of time for recovery between events (which can lead to complex¬†posttraumatic stress disorder (complex PTSD). After a traumatic life event, the vast majority of of children will experience severe …

Effects Of Interpersonal Childhood Trauma On Sexuality

According to the traumagenic dynamics model (Finkelhor and Browne), severe and protracted childhood interpersonal childhood trauma (interpersonal trauma refers to types of trauma that occur between the child and significant others e,g, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect and witnessing domestic violence) can give rise to pervasive feelings of betrayal, powerlessness, stigmatization and traumatic …

Complex PTSD And Physically Evaluating The Brain

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex posttraumatic stress disorder (complex PTSD) can both be considered forms of brain INJURY even though the cause of the injury is extreme psychological trauma rather than a physical trauma such as a blow to the head with a hammer or car accident. However, when psychiatrists treat PTSD with drugs, …

BPD, Feeling Painfully Empty, The ‘Leaky Cup’ Metaphor And Thrill Seeking

  When a child is born into the world, s/he is utterly helpless and dependent upon his / her mother, and, in the early days of life, as long as his / her mother is present and sufficiently responsive to his / her needs, the baby is able to feel relatively safe, content and secure. …

Major Study Identifies Most Harmful Type Of Abuse

A major study (Spinazzola et al.) on the effects of child maltreatment provides strong evidence that the psychological maltreatment of children is the most harmful form of abuse. The study analyzed a sample of 5616 young people who had histories of childhood trauma in the form of : – psychological maltreatment (i.e. emotional abuse / …