Author Archives: 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,, for which he exclusively writes articles.

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.

The Difference Between Psychology, Psychiatry, Psychotherapy And Psychoanalysis


It is not uncommon for people to be unclear about the difference between psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. So how do these four terms differ? To answer this question, let’s look at each in turn:

 1. A clinical psychologistRead the rest

Effects Of Childhood Trauma On The Stress Hormone Cortisol

We have seen from many other articles that I have published on this site that severe and protracted childhood trauma can greatly impair our ability to control our stress levels as adults (meaning we are more adversely affected by stress Read the rest

The ‘Orphanhood Effect’ And Related Phenomenon

Many exceptionally successful people (in terms of personal achievement) can trace the source of their success to their childhood suffering.

One example of this is the so-called ‘orphanhood effect.’ Of course, losing a parent as a child is a terrible Read the rest

Possible Effects Of Maternal Depression On Infants’ Cognitive, Social And Emotional Development

Mothers suffering from serious depression are less likely than non-depressed mothers to interact with their infants in joyful, stimulating and positive ways. Instead, they are more likely to demonstrate negative moods around their infants, to exhibit more anxiety, sadness and Read the rest

Reasons Why, Sometimes, No Therapy Works.

No one therapy, of course, works for everyone and there is no one-size-fits-all’ solution to mental distress. Furthermore, some people with psychiatric conditions adamantly do not wish to engage with psychiatric services. Others may be unable to interact with psychiatric Read the rest

The Importance Of Understanding The Meaning Of The Traumatized Child’s Behaviour.

When trying to understand why a traumatized child is behaving in a particular way – such as being prone to outbursts of rage aggression or being perpetually withdrawn – it is important to remember that all behaviour carries with it Read the rest

Childhood Trauma And Somatic Psychology


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We have seen how significant and protracted trauma in childhood can adversely affect the body’s physiology leading to constant feelings of hypervigilance in adulthood due to a dysregulated autonomic nervous system and how therapy involving Read the rest

Very Early Life Trauma can ‘Burn’ Memories into The Brain that are not Consciously Recollectable


Most of us have no conscious memory of our experiences that occur before the age of two or older (I myself remember nothing that happened to me before the age of five and only very little Read the rest

Unable To Live In The Present? Therapy And Dual Awareness Can Help



Many people who have suffered severe and protracted childhood trauma and, as a result, go on to develop complex posttraumatic stress disorder or related conditions often feel permanently stuck in the past and unable to live in the Read the rest

Labelling People As Having BPD May Adversely Affect Their Treatment




A study conducted at Bath University in the United Kingdom has found that labelling an individual as suffering from BPD can lower the standard of treatment they receive.


The study involved 3 groups of mental Read the rest

Study Suggests Writing About Our Traumatic Experiences Can Be Beneficial To Health







We know that childhood trauma is strongly associated with poor mental and physical health in later life (e.g. see the ACE study) due to the hazardous, longterm effects of prolonged and repetitive toxic Read the rest

How Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms Reinforce Each Other

How Borderline Personality Symptoms Reinforce
Each Other.

One of the greatest difficulties of managing borderline personality disorder
(BPD) is that the symptoms it creates tend to feed off, and intensify, each
other; often this will end in a crisis point
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BPD Link To Mothers Who Fluctuate Between Nurturing And Abusive Behaviour


As we have seen from other articles that I have published on this site, individuals who have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (a very serious psychiatric disorder strongly associated with severe and protracted childhood trauma) have a strong Read the rest

The Link Between ‘Mental Illness’, Ideology, Meaning And Powerlessness

Many are of the view that too much of what people feel and do is being pathologized and labelled as a mental illness when, in fact, it should be seen as a natural response to negative life experiences often involving Read the rest

Can ADHD Be A Good Thing?


Should ADHD Be Seen As A ‘Medical Disease’?

I have already explained in other articles that ADHD is a controversial diagnosis (for example, see my previously published articles: Reasons Why ADHD Might Be Being Overdiagnosed or Childhood Trauma And Read the rest