David Hosier MSc. Founder of childhoodtraumarecovery.com

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Holder of MSc and post graduate teaching diploma in psychology. Highly experienced in education. Founder of childhoodtraumarecovery.com. Survivor of severe childhood trauma.

Effects Of Passive-Aggressive Parents

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… Read more

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

What Are The Effects Of Trauma On Young Children?
    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 : BEHAVIORAL EFFECTS COGNITIVE EFFECTS (i.e. effects on thinking… Read more

Arrested Psychological Development and Age Regression

Arrested Psychological Development Traumatic life events can cause the child to become ‘stuck’ at a particular level of psychological development for an extended period of time – s/he may, therefore, often seem immature as development was frozen at an earlier… Read more

Deep Feelings Of Shame Resulting From Emotionally Impoverished Relationships With Parents

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According to DeYoung, author of the excellent book : ‘Understanding and Treating Chronic Shame : A Relational / Neurobiological Approach‘, the experience of shame comes about as a result of dysfunctional relationships with other people (in particular, of course, with… Read more

Effects Of ‘Bottling Up’ Feelings Related To Trauma

effect of bottling up emotions
‘Bottling Up’ Emotions It is often said that it is psychologically unhealthy to ‘bottle up’ (suppress) feelings connected to trauma, loss and grief. But what does the research tell us? Bowlby’s Position : Bowlby’s (1980) work on the effects of… Read more

Trauma And Persistent ‘Low Mood’ (Dysthymia) In Children

dysthymia in children
How Does Dysthymia Differ From Major Depression? Children who experience significant and protracted trauma and/or stress during childhood are at increased risk of developing a condition known as dysthymia, which is sometimes described as a less severe/dramatic version of major… Read more

What Types Of Parents Are More Likely To Physically Abuse Their Children?

Stith’s (2009) Meta-Analysis : A study carried out by Stith et al. (2009) reviewed 155 other studies (this is called a meta-analysis) that had already been carried out in order to identify factors that put the child at risk of… Read more

Childhood Trauma May Damage Prefrontal Cortex : How To Help Reverse Such Damage.

how to reverse damage to prefrontal cortex
We have seen from other articles that I have published on this site that severe and chronic psychological and emotional trauma in early life may adversely affect the physical development of various structures in the brain, including the prefrontal cortex. … Read more

BPD And Rigid Thinking

inflexible thinking
One of the main hallmarks of borderline personality disorder (BPD) is the pronounced tendency of those who suffer from it to display marked rigidity in relation to both their thought processes and behaviors.  This means that, when events occur, the… Read more

Vast Majority Of Parental Maltreatment Of Children Unacknowledged

Parental Maltreatment Of Children : Except in very extreme cases, such as severe physical abuse, the vast majority of parental mistreatment of children not only goes unreported, but is unacknowledged and, essentially, ignored (although this situation is gradually improving as… Read more

Should BPD Treatment Be More Individualized?

Should BPD Treatment Be More Individualized?
Problems Relating To The Diagnosis Of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD): In order to be diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) an individual must suffer from AT LEAST FIVE SYMPTOMS out of a total of NINE listed in the DSM V… Read more

BPD Sufferers May Avoid ‘Mentalising’ Due To Parental Rejection

Peter Fonagy, an internationally renowned clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst and expert in borderline psychopathology and early attachment relationships, and who has produced some of the most influential work relating to this field, has stressed the importance of MENTALISING (or, more precisely,… Read more

Early-Life Separation From Mother : What Experiments On Mice Tell Us.

maternal deprivation mice experiment
The Study : A Mouse Model Of Early-Life Stress : This experiment was conducted to look at the effects on mice of early-life stress. It involved separating baby mice from their mothers for three hours per day for each of… Read more

Being Constantly Humiliated By Parents May Damage Brain’s Corpus Callosum

corpus callosum
What Is The Corpus Callosum?   The brain is divided into two halves called the RIGHT HEMISPHERE and the LEFT HEMISPHERE. These two halves are connected by a structure called the CORPUS CALLOSUM. (It is located above the thalamus, underneath… Read more

Explaining BPD In Terms Of The Diathesis-Stress Model

damage to right hemisphere of brain
What Does ‘Diathesis’ Mean? The medical definition of ‘diathesis’ is ‘a heriditary or constitutional predisposition to a disease or other disorder.‘ (The word ‘diathesis’ itself derives from the Greek word for ‘disposition). What Is The Diathesis-Stress Model? The diathesis-stress model… Read more