Possible Damaging Behaviors Of The BPD Parent

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  In order to write the articles on this site, which now number nearly 600, I have spent a considerable amount of time researching how borderline personality disordered parents can adversely affect the psychological development of their children. For this post, therefore, I thought it might be interesting to simply list some of the descriptions …

Six Main Causes Of Mental, Psychological And Emotional Pain

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Pain has 2 components:  a physical component a psychological/emotional component Whilst the brain does not process physical and psychological pain in precisely the same manner, experiments involving neural pathways strongly suggest that the experience of both types of pain have a lot in common. Indeed, similar brain regions are involved with the processing of both …

Metacognitive Therapy For Borderline Personality Disorder And Other Conditions

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931-word article METACOGNITIVE THERAPY (MCT) Metacognitive therapy (MCT) was developed by Dr. Adrian Wells and Dr. Gerald Matthews in the early 1990s.  It shares elements in common with but is distinct from, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). The main difference is that whilst CBT concentrates upon the negative CONTENT of a person’s thoughts and strives to alter that …

‘Accepting Feelings Of Anxiety Reduces Mental Pain And Suffering

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      802-word article What Happens When We Don’t Accept Anxiety But, Instead, Try To Fight And Struggle Against It? Trying to fight anxiety, research suggests (and, certainly, my own experience of anxiety would tend to confirm this) can actually AGGRAVATE the problem and lead to greater feelings of distress. Stating the shatteringly obvious, none of …

4 Types Of Borderline Mother : Witch, Hermit, Waif And Queen.

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    For those of us who grew up with mothers who suffered from a borderline personality disorder (BPD), our childhoods were often painful and anguished. We found ourselves living in a world that was contradictory and confusing; it is likely that we suffered chronic anxiety as we did not know how our mother would …

Pathological Lying : Its Link To Childhood Trauma

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What Is A Pathological Liar? Those who have suffered significant childhood trauma are more likely to become pathological liars / compulsive liars in adulthood than those who were lucky enough to experience a relatively stable upbringing (all else being equal). A pathological liar is an individual who: – does not give proper thought to the …

What Types Of Trauma Cause The Greatest Psychological Damage To A person?

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Whether or not an event is ‘traumatic’ depends upon the individual’s subjective experience. What one individual may find traumatizing, another may not. Furthermore, two individuals traumatized by the same event/experience may be traumatized by different aspects of the experience as well as in different ways. If a person is traumatized by an excessively stressful event …

Effects Of Adolf Hitler’s Childhood

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In the 1940s, at the request of the Office of Strategic Services (a former incarnation of the Criminal Intelligence Agency (CIA), a psychiatrist by the name of Walter Langer produced a psychological profile of Hitler, including details about his childhood. Below, I summarize the most salient findings. Adolf Hitler’s father was described as frequently intoxicated, …

Desperation To Escape Mental Anguish Caused By Childhood Trauma

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Extreme Mental Pain We have seen in other articles that I have previously published on this site that, if we have suffered severe and long-lasting childhood trauma, and, in particular, were brought up by parents who were emotionally disconnected from us, rejecting, indifferent, absent, abusive (verbally, physically, sexually, psychologically) or neglectful (or, as is frequently …

Mind-Body Syndrome: Insight Into Childhood Priming Key To Anxiety Cure

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Above: Traumatic childhood ‘priming events’ sow the seeds of future anxiety and anxiety disorders. Such anxiety is especially likely to be manifested in response to ‘triggers.’ See below for an explanation. In their book, Unlearn Your Pain: A 28-day process to reprogram your brain, Schubiner and Betzoi propose that understanding ourselves and the true origin …

Relationship Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (ROCD)

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We have already seen, in other posts that I have published on this site, that significant and protracted childhood trauma can put the individual who suffers it at higher risk of developing various psychiatric problems later on in life, including obsessive-compulsive disorder.  In this particular article, however, I will concentrate upon a variant of obsessive-compulsive …

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 …

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

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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 : BEHAVIOURAL EFFECTS COGNITIVE EFFECTS (i.e. effects on thinking and conscious mental processes) PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTS (i.e. effects on physical health and biological processes) Below, I …

Child Trauma, Arrested Psychological Development and Age Regression

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  Arrested Psychological Development Traumatic life events can cause the child to become ‘stuck’ at a particular level of psychological development for an extended period – he may, therefore, often seem immature as development was frozen at an earlier stage. For example, an eleven-year-old child who was abandoned by his/her primary carer at age four …

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

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  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 depression. Because its symptoms tend not to be as obvious as those of major …

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

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  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 physical abuse by his/her parents. In order to identify these factors, one part of …

Why BPD Sufferers Find It Hard To Change : BPD And Rigid Thinking

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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 behaviours. This means that, when events occur, the way in which the BPD sufferer interprets them tend to be habitual and fixed and …

Vast Majority Of Parental Maltreatment Of Children Unacknowledged

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  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 people become more educated about the potentially devastating effects of bad parenting). Emotional Abuse …

Should BPD Treatment Be More Individualized?

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Above image: Creative Commons Licence 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 (The Diagnostic And Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition). …

BPD Sufferers May Avoid ‘Mentalising’ Due To Parental Rejection

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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, the avoidance of it) in relation to borderline personality disorder (BPD). What Is Meant By …