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The Dysfunctional Family’s Scapegoat.

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I went to live with my father and obsessively religious step-mother when I was thirteen, having been thrown out of the house by my disturbed and highly unstable mother.

She and my father already had her own biological son living Read the rest

Why Asperger’s And Bipolar Can Be Misdiagnosed As BPD.

 

 

One of the main reasons that borderline personality disorder (BPD) is sometimes believed to be a misdiagnosis is that it has symptoms in common with other disorders, two of which of these are :

1) Asperger’s Syndrome (a Read the rest

Childhood Fame : The Downside And Cost Of Fame

 

‘I think every child star suffers through this period because you’re not the cute and charming child that you were. You start to grow, and they want to keep you little forever.’

-Michael Jackson on the perils of getting Read the rest

Emotional Torture? When Parents Put Kids in a Psychological Double-Bind.

 

 

I first came across the phrase ‘double-bind’ at university whilst studying for my first degree in psychology; it struck a chord immediately.

In its most simple terms, the child who is placed in a psychological double-bind, by parent/s Read the rest

Childhood Trauma Leading to Anhedonia (Inability to Experience Pleasure).

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There is an established relationship between having experienced trauma as a child and suffering from anhedonia (the inability to experience feelings of pleasure) as an adult.

Anhedonia drains the colour from life, rather like seeing a film in high-resolution Read the rest

Recovery of Repressed or Buried Memories of Abuse

 

There has been a long-standing debate about the reliability of recovered memories of trauma and abuse.

The psychologist Loftus draws our attention to the distinction between Type I and Type II traumas. Type I traumas relate to a single Read the rest

Possible Effects of Divorce on Children

My own parents divorced in the scorching summer of 1976 when I was 8 years old. At prep school, I was the only boy in the class with divorced parents. I was deeply ashamed of this fact, and I did Read the rest

4 Types Of Borderline Mother : Witch, Hermit, Waif And Queen.

 

 

For those of us who grew up with mothers who suffered from a borderline personality disorder (BPD), our childhoods were often painful and anguished. We found ourselves living in a world that was contradictory and confusing; it is Read the rest

Child Trauma and Trauma Focused Therapy (TFT)

 

What Is Trauma Focused Therapy?

Trauma Focused Therapy (TFT) utilizes the following treatments, either on their own, or in combination :

1) EXPOSURE THERAPY – this type of therapy encourages the person to confront the stimuli connected to the Read the rest

How Hypnosis Alters Brain Activity – Top University Study.

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Expert psychiatrists in the U.S. have shown that the effects of hypnosis can be measured scientifically (i.e. empirically measured).

A researcher from Stanford University in the United States, David Spiegel, took neuro-images (pictures of brain activity produced from brain scans) Read the rest

Childhood Trauma : The Effects of Bullying

 

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Being bullied when we were young can have long-lasting adverse effects, particularly if we were sensitive and socially anxious as children.

The form that bullying takes can be both overt (blatant and obvious) or much more subtle, The subtle Read the rest

Effects of Parental Favouritism On Favored And Unfavoured Child

 

The effects of long-term parental favouritism will affect how the favoured and non-favoured child perceive themselves. The more extreme the difference in treatment, all else being equal, the more acute will be the effects on the respective children.

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What Studies on ‘Unloved’ Rats Tell us about Effects of Childhood Trauma

 

 

It is being increasingly recognized by research psychologists that the environment we are brought up in has a critical effect upon our later development and functioning. As in all areas of medical research, animal studies play a vital Read the rest

The Vicious Cycle of Adult Problems Stemming from Childhood Trauma

 

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‘WE NEED TO SEE THE SYMPTOMS WE HAVE AS A RESULT OF OUR CHILDHOOD TRAUMA LESS AS THE RESULT OF SOME CHARACTER FLAW, AND MORE AS THE RESULT OF HAVING SUFFERED EXTREME AND PAINFUL EXPERIENCES WHEN WE WERE Read the rest

Childhood Trauma : Defense Mechanisms Resulting from Stress.

 

 

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In our response to stress resulting from our childhood trauma and other factors we often develop psychological DEFENSE MECHANISMS in an attempt to protect ourselves (though, very often, we are not consciously aware that many behaviours/defence mechanisms Read the rest