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David Hosier BSc Hons; MSc; PGDE(FAHE)

David Hosier MSc holds two degrees (BSc Hons and MSc) and a post-graduate diploma in education (all three qualifications are in psychology). He also holds UK QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). He has worked as a teacher, lecturer and researcher. His own experiences of severe childhood trauma and its emotional fallout motivated him to set up this website, childhoodtraumarecovery.com, for which he exclusively writes articles. He has written several books on topics related to childhood trauma. He has published several books including The Link Between Childhood Trauma And Borderline Personality Disorder, The Link Between Childhood Trauma ANd Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and  How Childhood Trauma Can Damage The Developing Brain (And How These Effects Can Be Reversed). He was educated at the University of London, Goldsmith’s College where he developed his interest in childhood experiences leading to psychopathology and wrote his thesis on the effects of childhood depression on academic performance. This site has been created for educational purposes only.

Overbreathing Plays Havoc With Anxiety Levels And Other Problems

We have seen from other posts that I have published on this site that those affected by significant childhood trauma are at increased risk of developing anxiety disorders as adults which frequently involve hypervigilance and hyperventilation (being stuck in ‘fight/flight’ mode. In this post, I want to focus on hyperventilation and the myriad unpleasant symptoms …

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Stress Generation, Emotional Abuse And Recurrent Depression.

The chances of major depressive disorders recurring In mental healthcare settings are 60% after 5 years, 67% after 10 years, and 85% after 15 years. In contrast, in the general population, the chances of a recurrence of the disorder drop to 35% after 15 years. Factors that increase the risk of recurrence include the prevalence …

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Childhood Trauma And Compulsive Skin Picking (Excoriation)

By about the age of ten or eleven the toxically stressful environment in which I was living, which 3 years earlier had led my school to believe I’d gone deaf due to my periods of dissociation, I developed another symptom of anxiety in the form of obsessive skin-picking (also known as dermatillomania). As both my …

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Biomedical Model Of Mental Illness Increases Discrimination

If we have a diagnosable mental illness, do you think that others are more likely to discriminate against us if they believe our illness is due to genes/brain chemical inbalances (as the biomedical model of mental illness purports) or if they believe it is due to our childhood adverse experiences and stressful environment? well, proponents …

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CBD May Help Regulate Emotions And Reduce Social Anxiety

Cannabidiol, or CBD, makes up approximately 20-40% of cannabis but, by itself, it is not psychoactive or intoxicating and does not make people ‘high.’ Also, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) it is not detrimental to health and does not create a dependency. WHO states:  “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any …

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Repairing The Traumatized Brain: The Staircase Metaphor

Over the centuries various metaphors have been used to help explain the brain and its functioning. These metaphors have tended to reflect the most advanced technology that had been created at the time such as springs and levers, steam engines, and, most recently, computers. Another recent way of describing the brain was by splitting it …

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Trauma Symptoms Are Normal Reactions To Abnormal Events. 

Whilst until fairly recently most therapists believed that in order to overcome the trauma we experienced as children and to recover the most important thing was to have our traumatic experiences validated by an enlightened witness and to relive them in a safe environment with an emotional supportive therapist, there is a growing school of …

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Improved Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Procedure

  What Is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation? : Transcranial magnetic stimulation is normally abbreviated as TMS. Essentially, this treatment works by delivering short pulses of magnetic energy (which are generated by a handheld device that contains an electromagnetic coil) to specific brain regions. It is a non-physically invasive therapy and the smallish, relatively simple device is …

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Maternal Deprivation Versus Attachment Privation. Which Is Worse?

Rutter defines privation as the complete failure of the child to develop an attachment/emotional bond with anyone at all. This may occur when the child has many different, transient carers e.g. a succession of unsatisfactory short term foster carers) or when there is severe family discord. One major set of studies Rutter carried out, known …

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Trauma, Its Biological Effects And The Importance Of ‘Bottom Up’ Therapy

Trauma can be defined as a stressful experience that is so overwhelming that a person can’t cope with it and is not able to integrate their response to it.  This leads to dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system and overactivation of the sympathetic part of the system (the fight or flight response) and underactivation of …

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Factors That Can Prevent Recovery From PTSD/Complex PTSD

In this post, I will concentrate on 3 main factors that can hinder one’s recovery from PTSD/complex PTSD. These are as follows:   Unprocessed memories that are highly emotionally charged and easily triggered.  Unhelpful thinking about, and interpretations of, trauma memories. Cognitive and behavioral responses, including avoidance and safety strategies, have become maladaptive (Ehlers). Let’s …

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Why Are So Many Gay People Diagnosed With BPD? 

A study carried out by Rodriguez-Seijasat (2013) at the University of Michigan suggests that medical professionals are more likely to diagnose LGBT people with BPD than they are to diagnose heterosexuals with the same disorder.  The study involved 36000 participants aged 18 to 90 years old.  Approximately 3 percent were LGBT and the other 97 …

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Hypnotherapy For Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Symptoms

Hypnotherapy tends to work best for treating symptoms of BPD as an adjunct therapy (i. e. alongside other therapies such as CBT and DBT- see the hypnotherapy section of this site). There are various hypnotherapeutic techniques that may be particularly helpful for treating symptoms of BPD: The Grounding Technique: A key symptom of BPD is …

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Seeing Symptoms Of Complex PTSD As Adaptive Capacities. 

…those who are unaware of the child’s history of trauma or those who are ignorant of the potential effects of severe, protracted, interpersonal childhood trauma may confound matters further still by attaching pejorative labels to the young person (such as a diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder). According to Ford, 2009, symptoms of complex PTSD should …

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Effects Of Chronic And Severe Childhood Trauma

Long-lasting and repeated trauma can so adversely affect an individual that they lose their very sense of self. This is also sometimes referred to as ‘personality disintegration‘. People who have experienced this sort of trauma feel constantly and intensely hypervigilant and agitated – the person also feels a continual sense of some terrible impending doom. …

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What Happens When The Fight Or Flight Response Fail?

When children are suffering from traumatic stress and feel under threat the fight/flight response is activated for reasons of self-defense and self-protection from physical or psychological harm. The fight response may include rage, anger, or physical aggression whereas the flight response may include running away or otherwise trying to physically detach oneself from the source …

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‘Shaking Therapy’ For Reducing Stress Associated With Complex PTSD

We have seen that those who endure protracted childhood trauma are at increased risk of developing psychological and physical problems later in life, including complex post-traumatic). stress (complex PTSD. We have also seen that such individuals are often exquisitely sensitive to any form of stress and frequently stuck in a state of hypervigilance (i.e. constantly …

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Recover From Childhood Trauma Effects With Help Of Neurofeedback

  According to Mobbs, the brain consists of two areas involved in how we experience fear as shown below: the reactive-fear circuit the cognitive-fear circuit It is becoming increasingly recognized that overactivity in the brain’s fear circuitry may be of fundamental relevance to not only complex PTSD and PTSD, but to many other psychiatric disorders …

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