When I was thirteen, shortly after my disturbed and deeply unstable mother had thrown me out of the house and I was grudgingly received into the house (I won’t dignify it by calling it a home) of my father and … Read the rest
What Are The Effects Of Emotional Neglect / Emotional Deprivation On The Child?
A child who is emotionally neglected / emotionally deprived may be treated with indifference, as if s/he is of no importance, ignored, or almost as if s/he … Read the rest
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
As we have seen in several of the previously published articles on this website, severe childhood trauma can lead to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If you are concerned you might suffer from the condition, it is important … Read the rest
Stress can be defined as the perception that the psychological demands being made upon us exceed our ability to cope with them. It has been well documented that the experience of stress (especially chronic stress) is linked to both physical … Read the rest
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 likely that … Read the rest
Childhood trauma may affect all aspects of an individuals life – mental, physical, emotional and spiritual. It may result in dissociation (cutting off from reality, either intentionally or unintentionally), constant hypervigilance (ie being perpetually on ‘red alert’ and expecting danger … Read the rest
If our experiences of relationships in childhood are largely negative and painful, in extreme cases, we may develop social phobia as adults, or, in even more severe cases, avoidant personality disorder (AvPD).
What is AvPD?
APD is similar to … Read the rest
‘Whatever does not kill me makes me stronger.’
Much of the research into the effects of severe trauma has concentrated upon its NEGATIVE effects. However, as new research is showing that the experience of trauma can also … Read the rest
Studies overwhelmingly show a strong link between childhood trauma and the development of a major depressive disorder in later life (in fact, nearly every study into this link has shown that the two are correlated to a statistically significant … Read the rest
A vast amount of research has been carried out on the potentially devastating psychological impact of childhood trauma upon the individual. Far less, however, has been conducted on such trauma’s effect on physical health (or, as it’s also termed, psychobiological … Read the rest
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
It has been often stated in my posts that personality disorders are often linked to traumatic childhoods. I have already described several personality disorders, but I would like to introduce you to some we have not met before. I … Read the rest
A researcher from Stanford University in the United States, David Spiegel, took neuro-images (pictures of brain activity produced from brain scans) of individuals who had been hypnotized in an experiment which analyzed the effects of hypnosis on the physical brain.… Read the rest