Study Suggests Writing About Our Traumatic Experiences Can Be Beneficial To Health

            We know that childhood trauma is strongly associated with poor mental and physical health in later life (e.g. see the ACE study) due to the hazardous, longterm effects of prolonged and repetitive toxic stress and the effect that has on the mind, brain and body e.g. due to the …

How Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms Reinforce Each Other

How Borderline Personality Symptoms Reinforce Each Other. One of the greatest difficulties of managing borderline personality disorder (BPD) is that the symptoms it creates tend to feed off, and intensify, each other; often this will end in a crisis point at which the affected individual will become suicidal and/or require hospitalization. Until the disorder is …

BPD Link To Mothers Who Fluctuate Between Nurturing And Abusive Behaviour

  As we have seen from other articles that I have published on this site, individuals who have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (a very serious psychiatric disorder strongly associated with severe and protracted childhood trauma) have a strong tendency to see others and ‘black and white’ terms or as ‘all good’ and ‘all …

The Link Between ‘Mental Illness’, Ideology, Meaning And Powerlessness

Many are of the view that too much of what people feel and do is being pathologized and labelled as a mental illness when, in fact, it should be seen as a natural response to negative life experiences often involving being adversely affected by the misuse of power by others, social deprivation, and political, philosophical, …

Can ADHD Be A Good Thing?

  Should ADHD Be Seen As A ‘Medical Disease’? I have already explained in other articles that ADHD is a controversial diagnosis (for example, see my previously published articles: Reasons Why ADHD Might Be Being Overdiagnosed or Childhood Trauma And ADHD: Is PTSD Being Misdiagnosed As ADHD? Indeed, some do not regard ADHD as a …

A Shattered Sense Of Self Due To Childhood Trauma

Severe, catastrophic, prolonged and/or repetitive childhood trauma can lead to a shattered, fractured, disintegrated and fragmented sense of self which can manifest itself in various ways including: DAMAGE TO ‘SELF-STRUCTURE’: According to Zepenic (2016), severe trauma can adversely affect what he refers to as the ‘self-structure’ in the following ways: impaired sense of self-cohesion impaired …

Preventing And Reducing Trauma-Related Impaired Brain Development In Young People

  Chronic toxic stress and damage to the brain’s physical development. We have seen from other articles that I have published on this site the severe and prolonged childhood trauma resulting in chronic toxic stress can damage the brain’s development in various regions (e.g. the amygdala and hippocampus). Because the brain’s plasticity (physical changeability) is …

Family Secrets And The Damage They Do

It is frequently said that we don’t know what goes on behind closed doors and this, of course, is very true. A family can appear happy and stable in terms of how they present themselves to others outside the family, yet hide dark secrets. For example, the family may be affected by domestic abuse, alcoholism, …

How Childhood Trauma Can Speed Up The Ageing Of The Brain

  We have already seen from other articles that I have published on this site that, according to major studies, severe and protracted childhood trauma can dramatically increase our risk in adulthood of suffering from various physical illnesses (e,g, heart disease), accelerate our physical ageing processes and reduce our life-expectancy by nineteen years. However, additionally, …

Labelling And Understanding Our Emotions May Reduce Inflammation And Improve Health

If, as children, we grew up in an environment in which we were subjected to severe stress over protracted periods of time the way in which our internal physiological systems would normally operate may be seriously compromised. Such long-lasting stress may be caused by various factors such as abuse or neglect. In her book, How …

7 Fundamental Aspects Of Personality Childhood Trauma Can Profoundly Affect

We have seen from other posts I have published on this site that severe and protracted interpersonal (i.e. resulting from the child’s interaction pattern of interaction with parent/s or primary caregiver/s) trauma experienced during childhood greatly increases an individual’s chances of being diagnosed with a debilitating psychiatric condition in later life, including personality disorders such …