Author Archives: David Hosier Bsc Hons; Msc; Pgde(fahe)

Psychologist, researcher and educationalist.

Can Childhood Trauma Be Genetically Passed On To Future Generations?

A study conducted by Santavirta et al., (Uppsala University) and published in the journal of JAMA Psychiatry.sought to answer the question as to whether the adverse effects of childhood trauma could alter a person’s genes and, if so, whether these Read the rest

Odd, Quasi-Psychotic And True Psychotic Thinking In BPD Sufferers

A study conducted by Zachirini et al. (2013)investigated the prevalence of disturbed thought in 290 in-patients who had been diagnosed with BPD (borderline personality disorder). The quality of disordered thinking measured in these 290 BPD in-patients was compared to the Read the rest

Traumatic Bonding With The Perpetrator Of The Trauma

Identification With The Aggressor: 

Counterintuitively, it is not uncommon for those who have been badly mistreated by parents or primary carers to still feel an affectionate bond with their abusers. This can be regarded as a kind of pathological relationship Read the rest

Research Into Children Of Mothers Suffering From Borderline Personalty Disorder.

 

 

Reviewing previous studies involving children between the ages of 4 years and 18 years, Macfie states that such children of BPD mothers are at increased risk of :

  • experiencing changes in household composition (e.g. due to divorce/BPD parent
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Why Trauma Survivors May Find It Hard To Learn From Past Behaviour.

 

Many of us who have experienced severe and protracted childhood trauma, particularly if we have gone on to be diagnosed with conditions such as complex PTSD or BPD as a result, are frequently liable to ‘act out’  unbearable inner Read the rest

Why Does Family Conflict Harm Some Children More Than Others?

Professor Gordon Harold and his colleagues have conducted a research study that helps to cast light upon why some children appear to be more resilient to the adverse psychological and behavioural effects of living in a household in which there Read the rest

Why Are Girls More Likely To Report Suffering Depression Than Boys?

 

 

Research shows that during adolescence girls are more likely to experience depression than are boys (this difference between males and females is also reflected in the adult population). Why should this disparity between the genders exist?

INTERNALIZATION VERSUS Read the rest

5 Defenses Used By Narcissists To Hide Inner, Extreme Fragility

 

 

  Despite superficial indicators of the polar opposite, internally narcissists are wracked by intense feelings of self-doubt, inadequacy, vulnerability, fragility, worthlessness and self-loathing; in essence, their internal, camouflaged self is that of a highly anxious, uncertain, frightened and deeply insecure Read the rest

8 Dysfunctional Roles Within The Dysfunctional Family

dysfunctional-family-imageWithin dysfunctional families, according to various psychologists (e.g. Wegscheider-Cruse and Kellogg), each family member develops a dysfunctional role. The number of roles, and how they are defined, varies somewhat but eight roles, representative of those so far proposed, are as Read the rest

Children Don’t Complain Of Anxiety – They Say Their Stomach Hurts.

N.B. Never assume a physical complaint such as a stomach ache is brought on by stress. Always seek the opinion of an appropriately qualified medical professional.

A study conducted by Columbia University (Callaghan and Tottenham, 2019) has compared two groups Read the rest

How Bullying May Affect Teenagers’ Brains

 

A study conducted by Quinlan et al. (2018) on the effects of bullying on the brain and involving the study of 682 teenagers required these young people to fill out questionnaires about the extent to which they experienced bullying. Read the rest

Childhood Trauma Can Make Us Terrified Of Accepting Love In Adulthood.

It is well documented that severe and protracted childhood trauma greatly increases our risk of experiencing relationship difficulties in our adult lives. In some cases, this can result in fear, or even terror, of close, loving relationships in our adult Read the rest

ADHD And Its Link To Childhood Trauma And A Negative Thinking Bias

 


Childhood Trauma, Stress And ADHD:

There is increasing evidence derived from research studies that ADHD is linked to psychosocial stress, particularly childhood trauma which has been established as a major factor putting the child at increased risk of developing Read the rest

Why Childhood Trauma Sufferers Can’t ‘Just Get Over It.’

If we have been unfortunate enough to have suffered severe and protracted childhood trauma and have, as a result, developed emotional and behavioural problems (which, in some cases may have led to diagnoses of borderline personality disorder or complex posttraumatic Read the rest

Useful Links For Recovery From Childhood Trauma

 

Below is a list of useful links to help recovery from childhood trauma:

Behavioral Tech : A Linehan Institute Training Company.

Here you can learn about scientifically validated treatments for complex and severe mental illness.

NCTSN The National Child Read the rest