COMPLEX PTSD / PTSD

REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder, Somniloquy And Childhood Trauma

I have recently had to contact my doctor as I have been abruptly waking up in the night to find I am thrashing about which has resulted in me knocking things off my bedside table (such as my lamp and radio), screaming out, shouting, and even falling out of bed (or some combination of these). …

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Complex PTSD Characteristics And Dimensions And The Eleven ‘I’S’

  The researchers Ford and Courtois (2017) have identified eleven characteristics of the very serious condition complex PTSD which can develop as a result of severe, protracted, interpersonal childhood trauma that builds on earlier work by Ford that identified ‘the five ‘I’s’ of complex PTSD by adding six others. These are as follows: Intentional: Complex …

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When ‘Survival Brain’ Replaces ‘Learning Brain’ Due To Childhood Trauma

If we suffer severe, protracted childhood trauma that involved us living in an environment in which we were constantly anticipating danger from an abusive parent or primary carer it is possible that our ‘survival’ brain was so frequently activated that it became dominant at the expense of the development and functioning of the ‘learning’ brain. …

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Is Your Attachment Style Preoccupied, Dismissing or Fearful?

According to Bowlby, if we bonded with our mother or primary carer in infanthood/early childhood in a healthy way so that strong bonds of love and trust developed between us then we, as adults, will develop a SECURE ATTACHMENT STYLE. However, if the reverse is true, Bowlby suggested that we are far more likely to …

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Why Traditional Discipline Strategies May Fail With Traumatized Children

It is normal for children who have been severely traumatized over a protracted period to externalize and act out their inner psychological pain and such behaviour can be due to damage done to their neurological (brain) development by having been exposed to chronic, toxic levels as stress (see the ACE Study for examples of Adverse …

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Why Prince Harry Should Not Be Dismissed As ‘Whining’

There have recently been some reports in certain newspapers that Prince Harry is in danger of losing public popularity due to ‘whining’ and blaming others for his difficulties. However, it needs to be remembered that he lost his mother, completely unexpectedly, at the age of twelve and his subsequent mourning was subject to the full …

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Assume All Patients Have Been Affected By Trauma Psychiatrists Told

The recent Congress of the Royal Australian And New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has been told that the experience of childhood trauma is so ubiquitous that psychiatrists should assume that each and every one of their patients have been affected by trauma. Trauma connected, both directly and indirectly, to violence (e.g. being a direct …

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10 Childhood Trauma Quotes From Experts And Writers

1 “Many abused children cling to the hope that growing up will bring escape and freedom. But the personality formed in the environment of coercive control is not well adapted to adult life. The survivor is left with fundamental problems in basic trust, autonomy, and initiative. She approaches the task of early adulthood――establishing independence and …

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What Types Of Trauma Cause The Greatest Psychological Damage To A person?

Whether or not an event is ‘traumatic’ depends upon the individual’s subjective experience. What one individual may find traumatizing, another may not. Furthermore, two individuals traumatized by the same event/experience may be traumatized by different aspects of the experience as well as in different ways. If a person is traumatized by an excessively stressful event …

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When Instruction To Honour Parents Produces Moral Injury

I remember, even as still a pretty young kid, learning that the fifth of the Ten Commandments In The Hebrew Bible (Exodus 20:1-21, and Deuteronomy 5:1-23)was to ‘honor thy father and mother’ was somewhat morally contentious. What if your parents beat you up every day for fun, or took delight in killing your favorite puppy …

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The Antilibidinal Ego: Self-Protection Following Trauma

If as a child we suffer severe interpersonal trauma in the form of rejection by a primary-carer or similar experience,  a part of us may ‘split off’ (dissociate) and act as our protector in order to prevent us from becoming the victim of yet further psychological damage. Fairbairn referred to this dissociated part of ourselves …

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Forensic Inpatients, Crime, Complex PTSD, Childhood Trauma

We have already seen from numerous other articles that I have previously published on this site that there is an association between the early life experience of interpersonal childhood trauma and the development of violent and aggressive tendencies which may persist into adulthood and even lead to a label of ‘antisocial personality disorder’ or, even, …

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What Is Psychodynamic Counseling For A Traumatized Childhood?

When trying to understand why a traumatized child is behaving in a particular way – such as being prone to outbursts of rage aggression or being perpetually withdrawn – it is important to remember that all behaviour carries with it meaning and is a form of (often unconscious) communication. When someone experiencing a traumatized childhood …

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Childhood Trauma And Somatic Psychology

We know that significant and protracted trauma in childhood can adversely affect the body’s physiology leading to constant feelings of hypervigilance in adulthood due to a dysregulated autonomic nervous system and how therapy involving the body can help reverse such effects. Somatic psychology is a type of therapy that focuses on somatic (i.e. bodily) experiences …

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Unable To Live In The Present? Therapy And Dual Awareness Can Help

    Many people who have suffered severe and protracted childhood trauma and, as a result, go on to develop complex posttraumatic stress disorder or related conditions often feel permanently stuck in the past and unable to live in the present. Indeed, the past may seem more real and substantial than the present – in …

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Study Suggests Writing About Our Traumatic Experiences Can Be Beneficial To Health

            We know that childhood trauma is strongly associated with poor mental and physical health in later life (e.g. see the ACE study) due to the hazardous, longterm effects of prolonged and repetitive toxic stress and the effect that has on the mind, brain and body e.g. due to the …

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A Shattered Sense Of Self Due To Childhood Trauma

Severe, catastrophic, prolonged and/or repetitive childhood trauma can lead to a shattered, fractured, disintegrated and fragmented sense of self which can manifest itself in various ways including: DAMAGE TO ‘SELF-STRUCTURE’: According to Zepenic (2016), severe trauma can adversely affect what he refers to as the ‘self-structure’ in the following ways: impaired sense of self-cohesion impaired …

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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, …

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Labelling And Understanding Our Emotions May Reduce Inflammation And Improve Health

If, as children, we grew up in an environment in which we were subjected to severe stress over protracted periods of time the way in which our internal physiological systems would normally operate may be seriously compromised. Such long-lasting stress may be caused by various factors such as abuse or neglect. In her book, How …

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