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.

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

A Shattered Sense Of Self Due To Childhood Trauma


Severe, catastrophic, prolonged and/or repetitive childhood trauma can lead to a shattered, fractured, disintegrated and fragmented sense of self which can manifest itself in various ways including:


According to Zepenic (2016), severe trauma can adversely affect Read the rest

Preventing And Reducing Trauma-Related Impaired Brain Development In Young People


Chronic toxic stress and damage to the brain’s physical development.

We have seen from other articles that I have published on this site the severe and prolonged childhood trauma resulting in chronic toxic stress can damage the brain’s development Read the rest

Family Secrets And The Damage They Do

It is frequently said that we don’t know what goes on behind closed doors and this, of course, is very true. A family can appear happy and stable in terms of how they present themselves to others outside the family, Read the rest

How Childhood Trauma Can Speed Up The Ageing Of The Brain


We have already seen from other articles that I have published on this site that, according to major studies, severe and protracted childhood trauma can dramatically increase our risk in adulthood of suffering from various physical illnesses (e,g, Read the rest

Labelling And Understanding Our Emotions May Reduce Inflammation And Improve Health





If, as children, we grew up in an environment in which we were subjected to severe stress over protracted periods of time the way in which our internal physiological systems would normally operate may be seriously Read the rest

7 Fundamental Aspects Of Personality Childhood Trauma Can Profoundly Affect


We have seen from other posts I have published on this site that severe and protracted interpersonal (i.e. resulting from the child’s interaction pattern of interaction with parent/s or primary caregiver/s) trauma experienced during childhood greatly increases an individual’s Read the rest

How We Are Influenced By Our Unconscious Childhood Memories


As Alice Miller (1933-2010) states in her seminal book Free From Lies children learn by imitating their parents and much of this imitating is due to unconscious learning.

To illustrate this Miller refers to a study in which mothers Read the rest

What Is The Difference Between PTSD And Complex PTSD?


There has been some controversy regarding the difference between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex posttraumatic stress disorder (complex PTSD) amongst researchers and members of the medical profession.

During the early 1990s, the psychologist Judith Herman, in her seminal Read the rest

Problems Those With BPD May Encounter In The Workplace


There is a very strong link between the experience of severe and protracted childhood trauma and being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) in later life. As we have seen in other articles I have published on this site, Read the rest

Unhappy With BPD Diagnosis? Is ‘Formulation’ The Answer?


Increasingly, many individuals who have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and who have suffered severe and protracted childhood trauma are starting to question whether the BPD diagnosis is the correct and most appropriate one. One of the Read the rest

Damage To Brain Development Caused By Trauma Increases During Developmental Epochs


We have seen in other articles I have published on this site that severe and protracted childhood trauma can increase the risk of damage to particular brain regions (e.g. the amygdala) and, in so doing, increase our risk Read the rest

Does Betrayal Trauma Increase Risk Of ADHD?


Betrayal trauma is a term which comes from betrayal trauma theory which was developed by Freyd (1994). Essentially, an individual may experience betrayal trauma when betrayed by a person to whom s/he is very close and upon whom the Read the rest

Trauma Involving Betrayal More Likely To Lead To BPD And PTSD


We have seen from numerous other articles that I have published on this site that those of us who experienced severe and protracted childhood trauma are at a highly increased risk of being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and/or Read the rest

Betrayal Trauma Theory And ‘Betrayal Blindness’.


As Bowlby emphasized, the child is profoundly dependent upon a reliable and secure attachment with his/her parent/primary carer for his/her physical and psychological health; indeed, throughout human evolutionary history, such a protective relationship has been crucial to the child’s Read the rest