Some Effects Of Childhood Trauma May Render Antidepressants Unhelpful

Over the years I have more or less been prescribed every antidepressant known to mankind without the merest hint of benefit although I have not been untouched by their possible adverse side-effects such as vivid nightmares and insomnia (I suffer both of these anyway, but some anti-depressants, I think, have worsened them). However, the beneficial …

Why Prince Harry Should Not Be Dismissed As ‘Whining’

There have recently been some reports in certain newspapers that Prince Harry is in danger of losing public popularity due to ‘whining’ and blaming others for his difficulties. However, it needs to be remembered that he lost his mother, completely unexpectedly, at the age of twelve and his subsequent mourning was subject to the full …

Assume All Patients Have Been Affected By Trauma Psychiatrists Told

The recent Congress of the Royal Australian And New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has been told that the experience of childhood trauma is so ubiquitous that psychiatrists should assume that each and every one of their patients have been affected by trauma. Trauma connected, both directly and indirectly, to violence (e.g. being a direct …

Diet May Help Reverse Brain Damage Caused By Childhood Trauma

We have seen from numerous other articles published on this site that there exists an abundance of evidence that severe, protracted and repetitive childhood trauma can adversely affect the development of the brain both in terms of its architecture and functionality. Specific brain areas that research suggests may be damaged in this way include: the …

The Many And Varied Elements Of Divorce Which Can Damage The Child

It has been argued that the divorce of parents should not be considered a single event when analyzing its potentially negative psychological effect on children but rather as a combination of events. These include: the tension/hostility between parents that the child witnesses (although, of course, some divorces are conducted on far more amicable terms than …

Emotional Abuse Anecdotes: The Step-Father With An Alias

This anecdote from real life is the first in the series of Emotional Abuse Anecdotes published on childhoodtraumarecovery.com. Each anecdote in the series is followed by a brief psychological explanation and analysis. The Step-Father With An Alias My parents divorced when I was eight and, after this, my mother dated a number of different men …

A Letter From A Son To A Mother (Anonymous)

Dear Mother After a not inconsiderable amount of deliberation, I have resolved to write to you. I will keep it brief to avoid confusion. Several years ago I was diagnosed with both borderline personality disorder and Asperger’s syndrome. borderline personality disorder is closely associated with ongoing, interpersonal stress in childhood and is thought to affect …

10 Childhood Trauma Quotes From Experts And Writers

1 “Many abused children cling to the hope that growing up will bring escape and freedom. But the personality formed in the environment of coercive control is not well adapted to adult life. The survivor is left with fundamental problems in basic trust, autonomy, and initiative. She approaches the task of early adulthood――establishing independence and …

When One Family Member Is Scapegoated, Whole Family Needs Therapy

The following article is based on Family Systems Theory (Bowen), a theory that puts forward the idea that each individual member of the family can only be understood in the context of the family as a whole and with reference to all interacting family members who, in entirety, make up the family ’emotional unit.’   …

Free eBook About The Effects Of Childhood Trauma

This eBook is currently completely free. No sign-up or email address required. Understanding Common Effects Of Childhood Trauma  Scroll down to view the contents of the book and gain access to PDF.     Structure and contents of the book :   INTRODUCTION   CHAPTER ONE: EMOTIONAL SYMPTOMS i) SENSE OF A FORESHORTENED FUTURE ii) …

Do People With BPD Divorce More And Remarry Less?

Because some of the hallmarks of borderline personality disorder (a personality disorder closely associated with severe and protracted, interpersonal childhood trauma) are extreme difficulty in forming and maintaining relationships (dramatically fluctuating between idealizing and then demonizing and discarding others) wildly fluctuating emotions, and a tendency to fly into intense rages one might reasonably predict that …

BPD Behaviors Interpreted As ‘Manipulative’ Driven By Mental Agony

Sadly, many individuals suffering from borderline personality disorder (BPD) are stigmatized by others and, amongst other pejorative terms, are frequently described as ‘manipulative’. However, in recent years, it has been increasingly recognized that intentionally manipulative behavior is, in fact, NOT a defining characteristic of BPD sufferers after all; this shift in attitude is best exemplified …

Are People With Borderline Personality Disorder ‘Superempaths?’

The researcher, Khrohn, found that sufferers of borderline personality disorder (BPD), when they were children, were frequently exceptionally sensitive, perceptive, and empathetic (hence the use of the word ‘superempath’ in the title of this article) and had parents (or a parent) who took advantage of and exploited these skills and qualities in order to help …