ANXIETY

‘Shaking Therapy’ For Reducing Stress Associated With Complex PTSD

We have seen that those who endure protracted childhood trauma are at increased risk of developing psychological and physical problems later in life, including complex post-traumatic). stress (complex PTSD. We have also seen that such individuals are often exquisitely sensitive to any form of stress and frequently stuck in a state of hypervigilance (i.e. constantly …

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How Religious Indoctrination In Childhood Can Fuel OCD

THOUGHT-ACTION FUSION   Indoctrinating the child with certain religious beliefs relating to how one should think can provide extremely fertile ground for the development of the obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) due, in part, to a phenomenon known as THOUGHT-ACTION FUSION. The phrase ‘thought-action fusion’ refers to the dysfunctional belief that to merely THINK about doing something …

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Three Types Of Flashback: Visual, Somatic And Emotional

Sufferers of both posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex posttraumatic stress disorder (Complex PTSD) experience terrifying flashbacks. Such flashbacks can be split into three categories as follows: VISUAL FLASHBACKS SOMATIC FLASHBACKS EMOTIONAL FLASHBACKS Below, I briefly describe the form each of these three types of flashback take: VISUAL FLASHBACKS:    As a result of a …

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Being Traumatized ‘Like Having Foot On Brake And Gas At Same Time.’

The traumatized state has been likened to the effects of the simultaneous depression of both a car’s gas pedal (accelerator) and brake. I explain why below: Our physiological state of arousal is determined by the interplay between our sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems and these two systems have the following functions : THE SYMPATHETIC AND …

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Hadephobia – The Fear of Hell Usually Stems From Childhood.

HADEPHOBIA, also known as stygiophobia, is the intense, chronic, irrational, fear of ‘hell’ and that one may be ‘sent there.’ It is serious enough to disrupt day-to-day functioning and significantly reduce the quality of life. According to the General Social Survey (2008), approximately three-quarters of Americans expressed some belief in hell.   Typically, the person …

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Fear of Death Stemming from Childhood Trauma

The fear of death is common but can be particularly acute if one has experienced certain kinds of childhood trauma. The acute fear of death (which can be obsessional and greatly impair day-to-day functioning) is also known by two other names : – NECROPHOBIA (which derives from the Greek language – ‘NECROS’ = DEATH) – …

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Fight, Flight, Freeze or Fawn? Trauma Responses

Most of us are already familiar with the concept of the ‘fight or flight’ response to perceived danger, namely that when presented with a threat our bodies respond by preparing us to fight against it or run from it. This response served our ancestors if they came face-to-face with a dangerous predator or encountered a …

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