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.

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 Triggers : Definition And Examples

TRAUMA TRIGGERS are events/occurrences that remind us (on either a conscious or unconscious level) of our original traumatic experiences causing us to feel extreme distress similar to that felt at the time of that original trauma.
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Healthy Narcissism Versus Unhealthy Narcissism (Kohut’s Theory).

 

‘Healthy’ Versus ‘Unhealthy’ Narcissism :

We have seen from other articles that I have published on this site that being brought up by a parent or primary caregiver who suffers from a narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) can result in 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

PTSD Nightmares : Content, Symbols, Information Processing Theory And Paradoxical Intention

 

 

A major symptom of Complex PTSD / PTSD is nightmares. I myself have suffered from these and they have led to frequent waking during the night, sheets and pillowcases damp with sweat, thrashing around in my sleep to Read the rest

Can’t Let Go Of Childhood Trauma? Here Are Possible Reasons Why

 

Why Many Can’t Let Go Of Childhood Trauma :

Sadly, in the absence of effective therapies, such as dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy) or other forms of psychotherapy, the adverse effects of childhood Read the rest

Forgiveness And Its Health Benefits

What Is Meant By Forgiveness In The Context Of Forgiveness Therapy?

Forgiveness in the context of forgiveness therapy does not mean condoning what another person has done to one but is a process that involves letting go of anger, bitterness, Read the rest

Right Brain Therapy : Benefits For Trauma Survivors

 

How Useful Is Right Brain Therapy For Trauma Survivors?

Why is it that right brain therapy may be more appropriate for trauma survivors as opposed to therapies that concentrate largely upon the left brain?

Right Brain And How We

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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

Basic Needs Of Children And Effect Of Their Denial

 

If we have suffered significant childhood trauma we will, inevitably, have been denied some of our basic needs. But, what exactly are the basic needs of children, and what is the effect of their absence?

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Why Don’t Doctors Ask About Childhood Trauma?

 

 

 

Why don’t doctors ask about childhood trauma? The ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study, and a very large body of research besides, has demonstrated beyond all reasonable dispute that if we have suffered significant childhood trauma we … Read the rest

3 Stages Of Complex PTSD Treatment: Stabilisation, Therapy And Reintegration.

 

 

Complex PTSD treatmentWhat is the best complex PTSD treatment?

The NHS (UK) recommend that those suffering from complex PTSD undergo three stages of treatment. These are as follows :

1) STABILISATION

2) TRAUMA-FOCUSED THERAPY

3) REINTEGRATION

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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

BPD Sufferers Over-React To Facial Expressions

A study conducted by Donegan et al, 2003, found that sufferers of borderline personality disorder (BPD) were prone to interpreting neutral facial expressions as threatening facial expressions.

The study involved 30 participants split into two groups as follows :

Group

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Structural Dissociation Theory

 

 

Structural dissociation theory was developed by Van der Hart, Nijenhuis and Steele (2006).

Essentially, this theory relates to the idea that many of the behaviours that you may feel uncomfortable about, ashamed of, guilty about, or hate are Read the rest