Category Archives: Bpd

Childhood Trauma Can Make Us Terrified Of Accepting Love In Adulthood.

 

 

It is well documented that severe and protracted childhood trauma greatly increases our risk of experiencing relationship difficulties in our adult lives. In some cases, this can result in fear, or even terror, of close, loving relationships in Read the rest

Which Factors Of The ‘5 Factor Model Of Personality’ Predict BPD?

 

 

The diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD) is predicated upon the notion that those who suffer from it have aspects of their personalities which are problematic, self-defeating and dysfunctional so, in the first instance, it is useful to Read the rest

Symptoms Of Trauma And Their Link To ‘Energy Trapped In The Body.’

 

According to Dr Peter Levine, symptoms of trauma may be explained by ‘energy trapped in the body,’ and, as a direct result of his theory, he has developed a therapy known as SOMATIC EXPERIENCING THERAPY.

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Attitudes Of Medical Professionals Towards BPD Sufferers

 

 

We have seen from other articles I have published on this site that if we suffered significant and protracted childhood trauma we are, as adults, at increased risk of developing borderline personality disorder (BPD).

Many specialists in the Read the rest

Effects Of Interpersonal Childhood Trauma On Sexuality

 

According to the traumagenic dynamics model (Finkelhor and Browne), severe and protracted childhood interpersonal childhood trauma (interpersonal trauma refers to types of trauma that occur between the child and significant others e,g, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect and Read the rest

BPD, Feeling Painfully Empty, The ‘Leaky Cup’ Metaphor And Thrill Seeking

 

When a child is born into the world, s/he is utterly helpless and dependent upon his / her mother, and, in the early days of life, as long as his / her mother is present and sufficiently responsive to Read the rest

Childhood Trauma And ‘Shattered Assumptions’ Theory

One of the major effects of childhood trauma, especially if it has led us, as adults, to develop conditions such as borderline personality disorder or complex posttraumatic stress disorder, is that it can radically alter our most fundamental and core Read the rest

Childhood Trauma Increases Risk Of Being Both Victim And Perpetrator Of Crime And Violence

 

Research shows that the more ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES an individual suffered in their early life, the greater their risk of becoming the victim of crime and/or the perpetrator of crime in early life.

ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES, as defined by Read the rest

Neurofeedback And Reducing Activity In Brain’s Fear Circuitry.

According to Mobbs, the brain consists of two areas involved in how we experience fear as shown below :

It is becoming increasingly recognized that overactivity in the brain’s fear circuitry may be of fundamental relevance to not only complex-PTSD … Read the rest

Childhood Trauma And Arrested Self-Development

 

Early life trauma can interfere with, or arrest, the development of the self.

The normal development of self involves the following stages.

 

  1. Approximately 6 months: the capacity for self-observation develops
  2. Approximately 12 months: the capacity for symbolic thinking
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Borderline Personality Disorder And Psychosis

 

If we are unfortunate enough to develop BPD following a traumatic childhood, in some cases (NOT all) we may, especially during periods of acute stress, be prone to what psychologists and psychiatrists refer to as brief psychotic episodes.

Such Read the rest

‘Splitting’ – What BPD Sufferers And 18 – 36 Month Old Infants Have In Common

 

 

Infants and toddlers (aged from approximately eighteen months to thirty-six months old) find it extremely hard to tolerate ambiguity and ambivalence. For this reason, their perception of features of the external world become polarized, or, as it is Read the rest

Identity Disturbance And Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

 

BPD And Identity Disturbance :

One of the defining symptoms of borderline personality disorder (a condition strongly associated with childhood trauma) is identity disturbance. In other words, many individuals with BPD have an unstable self-image and no firm sense Read the rest

Why BPD Sufferers Can Often Read Others’ Emotions So Perceptively

 

When I was a young child, my mother always remarked upon how easily I picked up on the slightest emotional signals she, and others, displayed (such as a tiny change in expression, a very slight change in tone of … Read the rest

BPD Sufferers May Avoid ‘Mentalising’ Due To Parental Rejection

Peter Fonagy, an internationally renowned clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst and expert in borderline psychopathology and early attachment relationships, and who has produced some of the most influential work relating to this field, has stressed the importance of MENTALISING (or, more precisely, Read the rest