What Is CAPRD (Child Affected By Parental Relationship Distress)?

I remember, as a very young child, perhaps six or seven years of age, sitting on the stairs listening to my parent’s violent arguments going on downstairs. These would sometimes result in my mother becoming completely hysterical and running out of the house, threatening to never come back. If I was ever caught doing this, …

Identity Problems In BPD Linked To Inability To Mentally ‘Time Travel’

According to Gold et al. (2017), one of the underpinning reasons for a person with BPD to suffer from identity issues and a lack of a stable sense of self stem partly from a disrupted episodic memory making it harder for them to mentally revisit the past (Gold et al.  refer to this problem as …

Cognitive Behavioral Hypnotherapy Audios For Relief Of Mental Pain

My Personal Experience Of Pain: The pain I experienced was not wholly physical or wholly mental but something in between. This is perhaps not surprising as both physical and mental pain are processed by the same brain regions, so emotional and physical pain are closely interrelated.  Maddeningly, such pain is extremely difficult to articulate. So, …

Triangulation: When Parents Use The Child As A ‘Go-Between.’

Sometimes in situations where there is discord between the two parents in a marriage or partnership and, as a result, a breakdown in communication. Such breakdowns in communication may occur, for example, because the parents aren’t speaking to each other due to animosity or because they are living geographically apart the child may be used …

Childhood Emotional Abuse Link To Adult Chronic Pain

Research conducted by  Kascakova et al. (2020) suggests that if we experience emotional abuse as a child this significantly increases our risk of suffering from a chronic pain condition as an adult. But why should this be? According to Talley et al., (1998) one possibility is that childhood trauma increases the risk of individuals developing …

Do Alternative And Complimentary Therapy For PTSD Work?

A systematic review conducted by Wahbey et al.and published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine was carried out in order to assess the effectiveness of various complementary and alternative therapies for PTSD using Natural-Standard evidence-based, validated grading rationale. The following complementary and alternative therapies were assessed: REPETITIVE TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION ACUPUNCTURE HYPNOTHERAPY …

Integrating Parts Of Brain And Body To Resolve Trauma

Siegel (2012), an internationally renowned neuroscientist, in what many regard as a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy, has made use of the most recent neuroscientific technologies and new insights and knowledge relating to interpersonal neurobiology to help individuals suffering from the effects of trauma to develop various healing qualities such as compassion, well-being, resilience and kindness …

Why Do Some Parents Publicly Shame Their Children?

774-word article I remember when I was very young, perhaps 4 or 5 years old, my mother would shame me in public for anything i did that she considered a transgression, by threatening to take down my trousers and spank me. This would have been in the 1970s when attitudes towards child maltreatment were more …

Does Parental Clinical ‘Overvaluation’ Of Their Child Create A Narcissist?

Freud first introduced the concept of parental ‘overvaluation’. ‘Overvaluation’ is a clinical term used by psychologists and it can be defined as parental behavior that encourages the child to believe s/he is more entitled than others, superior to them, and entitled to privileges denied to others. Such parents will frequently over praise their children, overclaim …

Homophobic Parents And Effects On Their LGBTIQ+ Child

939-word article Whilst homosexuality was legalized in the UK in 1967 and attitudes towards gay people are far better than they were, there still exists homophobia in society, and that society includes, of course, parents. Indeed, according to the Human Rights Survey, about 25 percent of LGBTIQ+ youth regard the most major problem in their …

How We View Our Childhood Trauma Crucial To Our Mental Health

478 word article Is it what happens to us in childhood that affects our mental health or is it how we PERCEIVE what happened to us as being the crucial factor? To help answer this question a study was undertaken by Danese and Widom (2020) The study involved  two groups: GROUP ONE: 908 individuals who …

Does Dwelling On Past Worsen Depression Linked To Childhood Trauma?

604 word article A study (Wang et al.) published in the Journal Of Psychiatric Research has found that symptoms of clinical depression (also referred to as major depressive disorder, abbreviated to MDD) are exacerbated in those who have suffered childhood trauma but only if they also have a tendency to dwell on the past at …

Severity Of BPD Symptoms And Human Touch Negatively Correlated.

Research (Field, 2010)  suggests that the severity of borderline personality disorder (BPD) symptoms and human touch are negatively correlated. In other words, those suffering from severe symptoms of BPD experience less physical contact with other human beings than do ‘BPD sufferers with less severe symptoms (all else being equal). This finding provides further evidence in …

The Manipulative Parent

There are many ways in which the manipulative parent may manipulate their offspring, including: emotional blackmail  verbal aggression implicit or explicit threats deceit use of ‘the silent treatment’ control through money or material goods positive reinforcement of behaviour which is damaging to the child coercion behaving in a passive-aggressive manner projection denial of obviously destructive …

Do Gay People Have More Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)?

A study conducted by Anderson and Blosnich (2013) was carried out in order to investigate whether or not gay and bisexual individuals had, on average, experienced more adverse childhood experiences than their heterosexual counterparts. Before we look at the study, it is worth very briefly reminding ourselves of the most well-known study on the effects …