Unconscious Processes : How Our Past Affects Our Present.

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  Our past experiences, in particular our childhood experiences, create in our brains unconscious processes that affect our present. This idea is based upon various sub-types of psychoanalytic theory. These include: 1) Freudian theory 2) Ego psychology 3) Object relations theory Let’s look at each of these in turn: 1) Freudian Theory According to Sigmund …

Erotomania: Its Origins In Childhood Trauma

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  Erotomania is also sometimes known as de Clerambault’s Syndrome and refers to a psychotic delusion held by the person suffering from it that someone else is deeply in love with them. This ‘someone else’ usually has an elevated social status such as a pop star, film star or other successful prominent public figure and …

Idealization Of Others : A Defense Mechanism Stemming From Childhood Trauma

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Within the discipline of psychology, there exists a concept known as ‘splitting’.¬†Splitting refers to a false perception of seeing others as either ‘all good’ or ‘all bad’. During childhood, this is normal. However, it can persist into adulthood, operating as a psychological defence mechanism, which prevents us from taking a more realistic, considered and complex …

Why Betrayal In Childhood May Increase Risk Of Being Revictimised As An Adult

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    Whilst much research has been conducted suggesting that those of us who were betrayed by parents/primary caregivers in our early life are more likely to mistrust others once we become adults, other research also shows that those of us who were betrayed in childhood are also more likely to be re-victimized as adults. …

Childhood Trauma And ADHD : Is PTSD Being Misdiagnosed As ADHD?

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IMPORTANT NOTE: This article considers the possible link between childhood trauma and ADHD. However, to clear up any possible misinterpretation of this article, it is important to state at the outset that ADHD is undoubtedly a genuine disorder and it is not by any means implied below that all cases involve underlying trauma. In the …

Panic Attacks and The ‘Suffocation Alarm System.’

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I have already written extensively about the connection between the experience of childhood trauma and the consequential development of anxiety disorders later in life. One type of anxiety disorder that can be particularly incapacitating is called PANIC DISORDER. Panic disorder gives rise to both psychological and physical symptoms. Psychological symptoms include fear, terror and, very …

Childhood Trauma and ‘Body Memories’.

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What Are Body Memories? When we experience severe trauma our bodies respond accordingly. For example, the body’s production of ADRENALIN significantly increases, as does its production of CORTISOL (both of these are STRESS HORMONES). In turn, this leads to bodily responses and sensations which include: – increased heart rate – increased sweating – hyperventilation (rapid …

What Is Reparenting And How Does It Heal Inner Child And False Self?

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Many people are unclear about was is meant by reparenting our wounded inner child and why it may be necessary. So, first, I should make it clear that in this article I am NOT referring to the HIGHLY CONTROVERSIAL ‘reparenting therapy’ that involves an often highly disturbed patient being treated by his/her therapist as a …

Ten Childhood Experiences That May Lead To PTSD

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I list below ten types of childhood experiences which, depending on their intensity and the vulnerability of the individual who experiences them, could lead to the later development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD). However, it is important to stress that such experiences will NOT NECESSARILY lead to these conditions. …

Do You Feel Constantly Frightened and Under Threat?

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  One of the symptoms we can manifest as adults if we have experienced significant childhood trauma is a feeling of being constantly under threat. Psychologists call this a ‘sense of current threat’ and it is one of the hallmarks of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It can include having constant intrusive thoughts, flashbacks and nightmares; …

Overcoming Emotional Numbness : Recognition Of The Root Cause

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Inevitably, a sense of loss accompanies the experience of childhood trauma, which, in turn, can manifest itself by leaving us with a constant feeling of EMOTIONAL NUMBNESS. Whilst highly unpleasant, the feeling of emotional numbness is, essentially, a psychological defence mechanism enabling us to avoid certain feelings that would otherwise attach themselves to events and …

What Physical Harm Can Complex PTSD Cause?

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  Unfortunately, as well as psychological effects, if we have developed complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) as a result of our childhood experiences (click here to read my article on the difference between PTSD and CPTSD), the condition can also give rise to adverse physical effects (i.e. bodily/somatic effects). The main reason for this is …

Childhood Trauma Leading to Development of Negative Schema

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What Are Schema? The term ‘schema‘ refers to the fundamental beliefs and feelings we have about ourselves, others, and the world in general – together with how these interact. They are very deep-rooted and enduring. We develop our schemas during childhood and if our childhood is traumatic these schemas can become extremely negative, dysfunctional and …

Childhood Trauma : The ‘Silent Treatment’.

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Silence can be as vindictive as speech. Anon 734-word article My mother was the master, or, in her case, the mistress, of this technique. She would retreat into menacing and ominous non-communication so that a black atmosphere, a harbinger of doom, permeated the house, evoking feelings of intense anxiety and fear – even terror. I …

Childhood Trauma Leading to The Inability to Trust

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Do You Have An Inability To Trust? One of the most harmful legacies of childhood trauma is the survivor’s incapacity to develop trust in others. When we were children, in the face of abuse, we felt¬†powerless. This may have been because, in our home environment, the parent exercised power in a way that was inconsistent, …