Author Archives: David Hosier Msc

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

Desperation To Escape Mental Anguish Caused By Childhood Trauma

 

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 Read the rest

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

 

 

 

  • BEHAVIOURAL EFFECTS
  • COGNITIVE EFFECTS (i.e. effects
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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 the rest

Divorce : Signs Children Are Being Used As Pawns Or Weapons

Introduction :

I have already published on this site articles which examine the potentially very psychologically damaging effects that divorce, particularly a  divorce that is acrimonious, can inflict upon the child. My own parents divorced when I was eight Read the rest

Controlling Emotions : The Emotional Regulation System

 

If, as children, we experienced, significant and protracted trauma we are at increased risk of developing various psychological difficulties as adults, including an increased risk of developing borderline personality disorder (BPD) and complex posttraumatic stress disorder.

One of the Read the rest

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga For Reducing Symptoms Of Complex PTSD

Studies into the effectiveness of yoga already suggest that it can help to ameliorate both physical and psychological problems including diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, depression and anxiety.

There also now exists evidence (e.g. van der Kolk, 2014, see below)) that it Read the rest

A Study On The Childhoods Of Murderers

A study conducted by Lewis et al. (1985) and published in the American Journal Of Psychiatry examined the childhoods of nine convicted murders with the aim of discovering what characteristics (if any) they had in common. The main characteristics identified Read the rest

Why Some Parents Can’t Love Their Children

 

It is generally assumed that parents (in particular, mothers) have an innate, instinctive, natural and inborn capacity to love their children unconditionally. However, sadly, this is not the case. In this article, I will look at some of the Read the rest

Trauma Release Exercises For Effects Of Childhood Trauma

The human stress/fear response evolved millions of years ago in our ancestors to allow them to survive – it is commonly known as the ‘fight or flight’ response. If we saw a tiger, it was necessary to feel fear as Read the rest

Effects Of Adverse Childhood Experiences According To Major Study

 

The effects of childhood trauma can be devastating and, in the absence of effective therapy, can last well into adulthood or even for an entire lifetime.

The most well-known study on the effects of childhood trauma is called The Read the rest

Unable To Control Emotions? ‘Amygdala Hijack’ And BPD

 

One of the main, and most problematic, symptoms that those with borderline personality disorder (BPD) suffer from is the experiencing of disproportionately intense emotional responses when under stress and an inability to control them or efficiently recover and calm Read the rest

Somatic Experiencing Therapy : Healing The Dysfunctional Nervous System

 

somatic experiencingDr Peter Levine’s somatic experiencing therapy¬†is predicated upon the idea that the disturbing symptoms of PTSD are substantially caused by the adverse effect our traumatic experiences have had on the way our body and nervous system works.

In Read the rest

So-Called ‘Psychopathic Traits’ In Adolescents Often Symptoms Of Intense Emotional Distress

A recent study conducted at the University of Vermont and published in the Journal Of Child Abnormal Psychology by psychological researchers Gill and Stickle (2016) suggests that those in the medical profession who are prone to see young people displaying
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Posttraumatic Growth : Achieving Maslow’s ‘Self-Actualization’

 

 

 

The concept of posttraumatic growth hinges on the idea that, although suffering trauma can be devastating, some individuals not only merely survive their traumatic experiences, but go on to achieve a higher level of personal development than Read the rest

Childhood Trauma May Accelerate Ageing Process And Reduce Life Expectancy

 

 

Research conducted by Puterman (2014), a specialist in stress and ageing, suggests that those of us who suffered significant trauma and consequential chronic feelings of stress as children may :

a) be more prone to disease and illness Read the rest