Category Archives: Complex Ptsd / Ptsd

Traumatic Victimization In Childhood And The ‘Cascade Of Impairment.’

We have already seen from numerous other articles that I have published on this site that if, as children, we experienced traumatic victimization, particularly chronic victimization (e.g. physical abuse or being exposed to domestic violence) by a parent or 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.

WHAT IS MEANT BY ‘ENERGY Read the rest

How Childhood Trauma Is Linked To ‘Personality Disintegration’

We have seen in numerous other articles that I have published on this site that if we suffered severe and protracted trauma during childhood we are at significantly increased risk, as adults, as being diagnosed with extremely serious psychiatric conditions Read the rest

Reframing The Past : How To Reframe Traumatic Memories

 

THE INDOCTRINATION OF NEGATIVE CORE BELIEFS :

Many of us who have experienced significant and protracted childhood trauma have, as adults, suffered from the inadvertent internalization of our parents’ (or caretakers’) attitude and feelings towards us as we were Read the rest

Is Your Predominant Response To Trauma Flooding Or Dissociation?

 

We have seen from previous articles that I have published on this site that individuals can physiologically respond to severe and chronic trauma in two opposing manners: by becoming FLOODED (hyper-aroused and over-reactive) or by becoming DISSOCIATED (hypo-aroused and Read the rest

Childhood Trauma Leading To Psychotic And Immature Defense Mechanisms

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According to the  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the unconscious defence mechanisms we employ to help us deal with stress can be split into four main types; these are :

  • psychotic defence mechanisms.
  • immature defence mechanisms.
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Childhood Trauma : Some Important Facts And Statistics

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Many of these live with chronic, perpetual and relentless trauma (e.g. living in a family in which there is ongoing abuse) thus denying the child periods of time for recovery between events (which can lead to complex posttraumatic stress disorder Read the rest

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 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

Signs An Adult Was Abused As A Child

Signs an adult was abused as a child include the following :

1) DISSOCIATION :

Symptoms of dissociation can range from mild to severe: Mild symptoms of dissociation include zoning out’ and feeling in a daze, whereas severe symptoms Read the rest

A Study Into Effects Of Being Raised By A Mentally Ill Parent

A study conducted by McCormack (Newcastle University, UK) interviewed the (now adult) children of children of parents who had various mental illnesses (such as depression and schizoaffective disorder.

The researches found that the information they gathered could be distilled down 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

Sensory Dysregulation Resulting From Childhood Trauma

What Is Sensory Dysregulation?

Sensory dysregulation is a syndrome that impairs an individual’s ability to receive and appropriately respond to information sent to the brain via the five senses of sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell.

Sensory dysregulation is also 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

Is The Emotional Freedom Technique Effective For Treating Trauma?

 

EFT stands for the emotional freedom technique and is used to treat sufferers of various disorders, including PTSD (complex posttraumatic stress disorder) and complex PTSD (and, in this article, I will be looking at its effectiveness in relation to Read the rest

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