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The Best Online Therapy Services Of 2021

Online Therapies : We have seen from other articles that I have posted on this site that those of us who experienced significant childhood trauma are at greatly increased risk of developing mental health problems as adults. Fortunately, in the age of the internet, there now exist opportunities to receive help with any mental health problems from …

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Self-Disgust : A Legacy Of Constant Evaluation / Objectification By Parents

If we grew up with a parent who treated one, essentially, as an ‘object’ to be constantly evaluated (for example, some children propelled into early stardom by their parents) we may grow into adults who constantly self-evaluate and perpetually fear the evaluation of others. This leaves such individuals vulnerable to proneness to deep feelings of …

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Examining Stress And Relaxation In Relation To Childhood Trauma

  I spent many years in a state of unremitting, merciless, tormenting and excruciating agitation so I am all too familiar with how devastating and utterly debilitating the effects of stress can be. Indeed, I was left almost totally unable to function, even in the most basic ways. Powerful psychiatric drugs and ECT failed to …

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Recovered Memories: False, Factual And Narrative

RECOVERED MEMORIES: FALSE, FACTUAL, AND NARRATIVE Recovered memories (i.e. memories that have been repressed due to their traumatic nature but later, often with the intervention of a therapist, breakthrough into conscious awareness (having previously been, in effect, largely buried in the unconscious. FALSE MEMORIES Unfortunately, ‘recovered memories can sometimes be false (this can happen, for …

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Possible Damaging Behaviors Of The BPD Parent

  In order to write the articles on this site, which now number nearly 600, I have spent a considerable amount of time researching how borderline personality disordered parents can adversely affect the psychological development of their children. For this post, therefore, I thought it might be interesting to simply list some of the descriptions …

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Six Main Causes Of Mental, Psychological And Emotional Pain

Pain has 2 components:  a physical component a psychological/emotional component Whilst the brain does not process physical and psychological pain in precisely the same manner, experiments involving neural pathways strongly suggest that the experience of both types of pain have a lot in common. Indeed, similar brain regions are involved with the processing of both …

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Reduce Intrusive Thoughts And Mental Pain Hypnosis Script

Intrusive thoughts can be very distressing and a source of great mental pain. Such thoughts may sometimes just arrive in the mind spontaneously, or they might materialize as a result of a trigger that has reminded us if past traumatic experiences. However, the good news is that how we interpret these thoughts and our attitude …

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Stop Catastrophizing Mental Pain Hypnosis Script

How we think about mental pain and our attitude to it, greatly impacts the amount of distress it causes us and our ability to tolerate it; this is why cognitive hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis are particularly relevant to its amelioration. STOP CATASTROPHIZING MENTAL PAIN COGNITIVE SELF HYPNOSIS AUDIO SCRIPT: As your new thinking patterns reduce the …

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The Escape Theory Of Suicide And Its Relevance To Childhood Trauma

  We know that those of us who have suffered severe and protracted childhood trauma are at substantially increased risk of suicide. One of the main theories of why people commit suicide is the Escape Theory of Suicide which postulates that suicide is a culmination of a series of stages. The theory is of particular …

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The Power Of The Mind For Reducing And Eliminating Pain

Could it be possible one day to treat pain by building on what is already known about the placebo effect and its very real impact on the brain? A placebo is a dummy pill (made of an inert and non-psychoactive substance like sugar) given to a patient and the placebo effect is the change in …

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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, …

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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 …

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Metacognitive Therapy For Borderline Personality Disorder And Other Conditions

931-word article METACOGNITIVE THERAPY (MCT) Metacognitive therapy (MCT) was developed by Dr. Adrian Wells and Dr. Gerald Matthews in the early 1990s.  It shares elements in common with but is distinct from, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). The main difference is that whilst CBT concentrates upon the negative CONTENT of a person’s thoughts and strives to alter that …

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‘Accepting Feelings Of Anxiety Reduces Mental Pain And Suffering

      802-word article What Happens When We Don’t Accept Anxiety But, Instead, Try To Fight And Struggle Against It? Trying to fight anxiety, research suggests (and, certainly, my own experience of anxiety would tend to confirm this) can actually AGGRAVATE the problem and lead to greater feelings of distress. Stating the shatteringly obvious, none of …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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