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Improved Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Procedure

  What Is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation? : Transcranial magnetic stimulation is normally abbreviated as TMS. Essentially, this treatment works by delivering short pulses of magnetic energy (which are generated by a handheld device that contains an electromagnetic coil) to specific brain regions. It is a non-physically invasive therapy and the smallish, relatively simple device is …

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Trauma, Its Biological Effects And The Importance Of ‘Bottom Up’ Therapy

Trauma can be defined as a stressful experience that is so overwhelming that a person can’t cope with it and is not able to integrate their response to it.  This leads to dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system and overactivation of the sympathetic part of the system (the fight or flight response) and underactivation of …

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Factors That Can Prevent Recovery From PTSD/Complex PTSD

In this post, I will concentrate on 3 main factors that can hinder one’s recovery from PTSD/complex PTSD. These are as follows:   Unprocessed memories that are highly emotionally charged and easily triggered.  Unhelpful thinking about, and interpretations of, trauma memories. Cognitive and behavioral responses, including avoidance and safety strategies, have become maladaptive (Ehlers). Let’s …

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Hypnotherapy For Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Symptoms

Hypnotherapy tends to work best for treating symptoms of BPD as an adjunct therapy (i. e. alongside other therapies such as CBT and DBT- see the hypnotherapy section of this site). There are various hypnotherapeutic techniques that may be particularly helpful for treating symptoms of BPD: The Grounding Technique: A key symptom of BPD is …

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‘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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Recover From Childhood Trauma Effects With Help Of Neurofeedback

  According to Mobbs, the brain consists of two areas involved in how we experience fear as shown below: the reactive-fear circuit the cognitive-fear circuit It is becoming increasingly recognized that overactivity in the brain’s fear circuitry may be of fundamental relevance to not only complex PTSD and PTSD, but to many other psychiatric disorders …

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Explaining Traumatic Memories With The Linen Cupboard Metaphor

THE PROCESSING OF NORMAL MEMORIES: Normal memories that have been fully processed have a temporal context that enables us to remember when, or roughly when, they happened. In other words, the memories have what is sometimes figuratively referred to as a ‘date stamp.’ The ‘date stamp’ is attached to the memory the part of the …

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Homophobic Parents And Effects On Their LGBTIQ+ Child

  939-word article Whilst homosexuality was legalized in the UK in 1967 and attitudes towards gay people are far better than they were, there still exists homophobia in society, and that society includes, of course, parents. Indeed, according to the Human Rights Survey, about 25 percent of LGBTIQ+ youth regard the most major problem in …

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

            “The Queen is controlling, the Witch is sadistic, the Hermit is fearful, and the Waif is helpless”.   Christine Ann Lawson, Understanding the Borderline Mother For those of us who grew up with mothers who suffered from a borderline personality disorder (BPD), our childhoods were often painful and anguished. …

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Pathological Lying : Its Link To Childhood Trauma

– lies spontaneously/impulsively – lies even though he may receive no benefit whatsoever from the lie (indeed, many lies s/he tells will be self-damaging) – has little or no control over his/her lying behavior Roots Of Pathological Lying (Originally Called Pseudologia Phantastica) In Childhood: Research has demonstrated that an individual is more likely to become …

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Labeling And Understanding Our Emotions May Reduce Inflammation And Improve Health

  A study conducted in New Zealand, involving 1,037 children, assessed these young people according to : the degree to which they had suffered maltreatment as children which socio-economic group they belonged the extent to which they had suffered social isolation Thirty years after this assessment had been made, the same individuals were assessed again, …

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The Fantasy Bond Originating From An Impoverished Mother-Child Relationship.

If, as babies and infants, our relationship with our mother (or other primary carers) was impoverished, misattuned and lacking in security and our mother/primary carer was insufficiently attuned to our basic needs and could not be relied upon to comfort us during periods of distress then, as a form of psychological defence, we may develop, …

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Recovery From Childhood Psychological Trauma

Support and advocate services for those suffering from BPD who live in Australia AFFILIATE LINK Explore options for tailored, online care from BetterHelp Largest network of licensed therapists Personalized counselor-matching Texts, calls, or video chats available $60 to $90 per week       Below is a list of useful links to help recover from …

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Feel Constantly ‘Numbed Out’? Polyvagal Informed Therapy May Help

It is well known that our body’s self-protective response to imminent danger and threat (whether perceived or real) is to enter a state of ‘fight’ or ‘flight.’ However, what is perhaps slightly less well known is there is a third type of response:  the FREEZE RESPONSE. So, the ‘fight, flight response’ may also sometimes be …

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Reducing Anxiety By Calming The Amygdala

  Severe and protracted childhood trauma, resulting in the child being frequently subjected to extreme stress, can damage the development of the part of the brain known as the amygdala, which is intimately involved in generating feelings of fear and anxiety. Indeed, in individuals who have experienced such serious childhood trauma that they have gone …

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Reducing The Pain Associated With Being Stuck In ‘Fight / Flight’ Mode.

  Severe and protracted childhood trauma can damage the development of the brain’s amygdala, leaving us, as adults, prone to chronic anxiety and a sense of being ‘stuck on red alert’ / trapped in a state of perpetual ‘fight or flight.’ Indeed, being locked into this state of hypervigilance is a hallmark of complex posttraumatic …

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Relationship Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (ROCD)

We have already seen, in other posts that I have published on this site, that significant and protracted childhood trauma can put the individual who suffers it at higher risk of developing various psychiatric problems later on in life, including obsessive-compulsive disorder.  In this particular article, however, I will concentrate upon a variant of obsessive-compulsive …

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The Vital Importance Of Mother-Baby Attunement (Limbic Resonance) In Early Life

  One way of describing the brain is to represent it as comprising three parts that developed at different times during our evolutionary history : The reptilian brain (this is the most primitive part of the brain): this part of the brain is involved in basic functions such as breathing and heart rate. The limbic …

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