Get new posts by email
BRAIN – Childhood Trauma Recovery

BRAIN

Link Between Childhood Trauma, Dopamine Function And Psychosis

A study by Egerton et al., based on the finding from animal studies that prolonged environmental stress can lead to dopamine dysfunction, was carried out to discover if the stress induced by childhood trauma was also linked to a disruption in dopamine functioning and whether this dysfunction, in turn, was linked to the development of …

Link Between Childhood Trauma, Dopamine Function And Psychosis Read More »

Trauma Affects Boys’ And Girls’ Brains Differently

Research carried out by Carrion et al.(2016) suggests that the experience of childhood trauma affects boys and girls differently. More specifically, childhood trauma appears to have different effects on male and female brains. The research involved 59 young people between the ages of nine years and seventeen years. Using brain scans it was found that …

Trauma Affects Boys’ And Girls’ Brains Differently Read More »

Childhood Trauma Affects Boys’ And Girls’ Brains Differently

Research carried out by Carrion et al.(2016) suggests that the experience of childhood trauma affects boys and girls differently. More specifically, childhood trauma appears to have different effects on male and female brains. The research involved 59 young people between the ages of nine years and seventeen years. Using brain scans it was found that …

Childhood Trauma Affects Boys’ And Girls’ Brains Differently Read More »

Childhood Trauma May Harm Brain’s Default Mode Network

As we have seen from many other articles that I have posted on this site, those suffering from PTSD/Complex PTSD frequently have, amongst others, the following symptoms: Extreme difficulty controlling emotions (also known as ‘emotional dysregulation’) Problems with social interaction such as building and maintaining meaningful relationships, attachments, and connections with others. In a recently …

Childhood Trauma May Harm Brain’s Default Mode Network Read More »

HELPING TO HEAL CHILDHOOD TRAUMA WITH NEUROFEEDBACK

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 and PTSD, but to many other psychiatric disorders as well and it clearly follows, therefore, …

HELPING TO HEAL CHILDHOOD TRAUMA WITH NEUROFEEDBACK Read More »

Diet May Help Reverse Brain Damage Caused By Childhood Trauma

We have seen from numerous other articles published on this site that there exists an abundance of evidence that severe, protracted and repetitive childhood trauma can adversely affect the development of the brain both in terms of its architecture and functionality. Specific brain areas that research suggests may be damaged in this way include: the …

Diet May Help Reverse Brain Damage Caused By Childhood Trauma Read More »

Possible Effects Of Maternal Depression On Infants’ Cognitive, Social And Emotional Development

Mothers suffering from serious depression are less likely than non-depressed mothers to interact with their infants in joyful, stimulating and positive ways. Instead, they are more likely to demonstrate negative moods around their infants, to exhibit more anxiety, sadness and agitation, to be less playful, to smile and laugh less, to frown more, to lack …

Possible Effects Of Maternal Depression On Infants’ Cognitive, Social And Emotional Development Read More »

Preventing And Reducing Trauma-Related Impaired Brain Development In Young People

  Chronic toxic stress and damage to the brain’s physical development. We have seen from other articles that I have published on this site the severe and prolonged childhood trauma resulting in chronic toxic stress can damage the brain’s development in various regions (e.g. the amygdala and hippocampus). Because the brain’s plasticity (physical changeability) is …

Preventing And Reducing Trauma-Related Impaired Brain Development In Young People Read More »

How Childhood Trauma Can Speed Up The Ageing Of The Brain

  We have already seen from other articles that I have published on this site that, according to major studies, severe and protracted childhood trauma can dramatically increase our risk in adulthood of suffering from various physical illnesses (e,g, heart disease), accelerate our physical ageing processes and reduce our life-expectancy by nineteen years. However, additionally, …

How Childhood Trauma Can Speed Up The Ageing Of The Brain Read More »

Brain Damage Due To Trauma Greater At Critical Developmental Stages

We have seen in other articles I have published on this site that severe and protracted childhood trauma can increase the risk of damage to particular brain regions (e.g. the amygdala) and, in so doing, increase our risk of being diagnosed with various psychiatric conditions during adulthood such as complex PTSD and borderline personality disorder …

Brain Damage Due To Trauma Greater At Critical Developmental Stages Read More »

How Childhood Trauma Can Alter Brain’s Reward Circuits

  There is increasing evidence to suggest that chronic, severe stress during childhood can lead to changes in the brain’s reward circuitry that leads individuals to prefer short term gains and immediate gratification over postponed, long-term gains and pleasures. So, for example, rather than save up money to start a business or for an exotic …

How Childhood Trauma Can Alter Brain’s Reward Circuits Read More »

Why Trauma Survivors May Find It Hard To Learn From Past Behaviour.

Many of us who have experienced severe and protracted childhood trauma, particularly if we have gone on to be diagnosed with conditions such as complex PTSD or BPD as a result, are frequently liable to ‘act out’  unbearable inner pain (being unable to express it in healthy ways or even to understand its origin) in …

Why Trauma Survivors May Find It Hard To Learn From Past Behaviour. Read More »

Childhood Trauma, The Hippocampus, Depression And Neurogenesis.

Childhood Trauma Can Harm Brain And Increase Risk Of Depression. However, The Good News Is The Brain Can Recover. This Article Explains How. When we are at our most depressed, we may look at (as others perceive it) a beautiful sunset and derive no more pleasure from it than we would from looking at a …

Childhood Trauma, The Hippocampus, Depression And Neurogenesis. Read More »

Reducing The Effects Of Trauma With Neurocardiology

Neurocardiology is a recently developed area of academic, scientific research initiated by the researcher J. Andrew Armour M.D., Ph.D. (1991) and is the study of how the nervous system and the cardiovascular system interact physiologically. According to Demorree (2013), those suffering from psychological distress may be helped as more becomes understood about how the brain, …

Reducing The Effects Of Trauma With Neurocardiology Read More »

BPD, The Love-Hate Relationship And Neuroscience

BPD, The Love-Hate Relationship And Neuroscience We have seen from several other articles that I have published on this site that one of the hallmarks of borderline personality disorder is the tendency of sufferers of this devastating psychiatric condition to flip suddenly from idealizing/feeling love towards individuals and demonizing/feeling hate towards them (which, of course, …

BPD, The Love-Hate Relationship And Neuroscience Read More »

Complex PTSD And Physically Evaluating The Brain

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex posttraumatic stress disorder (complex PTSD) can both be considered forms of brain INJURY even though the cause of the injury is extreme psychological trauma rather than a physical trauma such as a blow to the head with a hammer or car accident. However, when psychiatrists treat PTSD with drugs, …

Complex PTSD And Physically Evaluating The Brain Read More »

Should We Stop Using Electroconvulsive Therapy? My Experience.

Childhood trauma can lead us to become severely clinically depressed as adults, and this happened to me. Electroshock therapy or electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) is only used as a last resort on people who are at high risk of suicide and/or are unable to function in even the most basic areas of life. ECT is, in …

Should We Stop Using Electroconvulsive Therapy? My Experience. Read More »

Strong Feelings Of Guilt In Childhood Can Affect Brain Development

  Research suggests that children who are prone to feelings of intense, excessive guilt are at increased risk in adulthood of developing various psychiatric disorders. These include :    – bipolar disorder    – depression    – anxiety    – obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) A longitudinal study (Belden et al.), published in JAMA Psychiatry, involved a …

Strong Feelings Of Guilt In Childhood Can Affect Brain Development Read More »