Category Archives: Depression And Its Link To Childhood Trauma

Articles about various aspects of depression and how our chances of developing the disorder is significantly amplified if we have been subjected to childhood trauma.

Postpartum Depression And Childhood Trauma

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A study conducted by Choi et al., (2017) suggests that women who have suffered from traumatic childhoods are at higher risk than average of suffering from postpartum depression.

What Is Postpartum Depression?

Postpartum depression (also called postnatal depression) is a sub-type of depression which occurs within twelve months of the baby’s birth and affects over 10 per cent of women (it can also affect the father / partner, although this is rarer).

Symptoms may include :

  • feeling one cannot care for the baby adequately
  • frustration, anger and irritability
  • feelings of guilt / shame
  • feelings of emptiness
  • problems bonding with baby
  • anxiety and sadness
  • anhedonia
  • decreased or increased appetite
  • insomnia
  • social withdrawal
  • poor self-care
  • fear of hurting self, partner or baby
  • impaired ability to make decisions
  • extreme fatigue / lethargy

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Psychotic Depression, Schizophrenia And Childhood Trauma Sub-Types

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Sub-Types Of Childhood Trauma :

As we have seen from other articles I have published on this site, childhood trauma can be split into 4 main sub-types : emotional abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect.

In this article, I briefly describe some of the main research findings in regard to the association between childhood trauma and risk of suffering from psychosis as an adult.

More specifically, I will examine which specific sub-types of childhood trauma may particularly increase an individual’s risk of developing

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Hypnosis For Depression

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We have seen from many other articles that I have published on this site that those of us who have suffered significant childhood trauma are at increased risk of developing depression (as well as many other psychiatric conditions) in adulthood than those who had relatively happy and stable childhoods (all else being equal).

One method that can help to reduce feelings of depression, especially when used in conjunction with other therapies such as pharmacology

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Behavioral Activation Can Effectively Alleviate Depression.

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We know that those of us who suffered severe childhood trauma are at an elevated risk of developing clinical depression as adults. Indeed, my own depression necessitated hospital admissions and electro-convulsive shock therapy as I’ve written about elsewhere on this site.

One of the hallmarks of serious, clinical depression is reduced ability to perform everyday tasks and activities. Again, in my own case, I was often confined to my bed for much of the day, stopped washing, rarely shaved

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Childhood Depression: Risk Factors And Why It Is Underdiagnosed.

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Whilst there are many similarities between childhood depression and adult depression, there are also some important differences. One such difference is children displaying objectively observable symptoms of

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Can Facing Up To Our Childhood Suffering Free Us From Depression?

My main reason for starting this website was to help myself to process what happened to me as a child, gain insight and hopefully achieve some kind of carthasis. (I will be publishing an article about the benefits people with mental health issues can derive from blogging about their psychological condition and associated issues on this site very soon).

My own depression, linked to my childhood experiences, had been extremely severe for many, many years, necessitating hospilizations,

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Effects Of Parental Depression On The Toddler

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A study conducted at Northwestern University has provided evidence that both a mothers’ and a fathers’ depression can have equally damaging effects upon the toddler.

The study focused on 200 couples with a three year old child. Each member of each couple had their level of depression assessed (each had also had their level of depression assessed shortly after the now three year old was born in a preliminary part of the study).

Each member of each couple was also given a questionnaire to complete about their three year old’s internalising and externalising behaviours. These included:

Internalising behaviours:

– anxiety

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Childhood Depression: Seven Signs (An Infographic).

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My own depression, requiring electroconvulsive shock therapy at several points throughout my adulthood, began (albeit at a lower level of intensity), in my childhood. My symptoms included anger at home, self-harm, frequent crying, tantrums, withdrawal and (to use three of my father’s rather unhelpful words), ‘sullenness’ or, indeed, ‘sulkiness’, not forgetting, of course, ‘moroseness’, together with early use of alcohol.

My behavior was also sometimes

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Depression: Why Fighting Depressive Feelings can Worsen Them.

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Childhood trauma, especially if this involved the experience of being abandoned and rejected (either literally, emotionally or both) can make us especially prone to developing serious forms of depression in our adult lives.

To make matters worse still, if we were emotionally uncared for as children, tloo, it very often follows that we have, through no fault of our own, failed to develop the abilities of ‘self-soothing’ and ‘self-nurturing’

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Depression – Nutritional Deficiencies which can Exacerbate It.

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We know that if we have suffered significant trauma during our childhoods we are more prone to depression in our adult lives than those who were fortunate enough to have had a relatively stable upbringing (all else being equal).

However, there are other factors that may make us more vulnerable to developing depression and, in this article, the factor that I wish to concentrate upon is NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCES.

Research suggests that a deficiency in our bodies of any of the following may increase

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Childhood Trauma and Depression – Somatic Symptoms

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We know that the experience of significant childhood trauma makes a person more vulnerable to suffering from clinical depression in later life. Whilst depression usually gives rise to both psychological and somatic (i.e. bodily) symptoms, in this article I intend to focus solely on somatic symptoms.

One such symptom of depression is a constant feeling of extreme fatigue; this, at least in part, is linked to the fact that many individuals who suffer from depression have sleep problems.

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Effects of Childhood Trauma – Alexithymia, Depression and Binge Eating

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One possible effect of significant childhood trauma, according to recent research, is a condition known as ALEXITHYMIA ;it is closely linked to clinical depression and eating disorders.

Let’s look at the main symptoms of alexithymia. According to Taylor et al, 1990, they are as follows:

1) Problems identifying one’s own emotions and those of other people

2) Problems describing own emotions and those of other people

3) Problems differentiating between one’s feelings and the physical/bodily

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Psychotic Depression: The Symptoms

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Psychotic Depression And Childhood Trauma :

Those of us who experienced severe childhood trauma are at a substantially higher risk of developing depression as adults than those lucky enough to have had a relatively stable upbringing. However, it is not well known amongst the general public that, in a minority of cases, depression can be so severe that it involves disturbing psychotic symptoms (estimates suggest that about 13% of those who suffer from serious depression will experience psychotic features, and this percentage can rise steeply amongst geriatric populations – perhaps as high as 50%). It is these symptoms that I will describe in this article.

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Symptoms of Psychotic Depression :

Symptoms of psychotic depression may include the following:

1) DISJOINTED THINKING – The ability to think can become severely impaired and the thoughts a person has may become very muddled and confused, rapidly flitting from one subject to another. This can make concentration impossible and lead to speech patterns which are difficult for others to follow and understand.

2) AGITATION/PACING – During my own illness I suffered very badly from this. For years I

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Childhood Trauma, Genes and Susceptibility to Depression

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A study conducted at the University of Cambridge in the UK, involving 238 teenagers between the ages of 15 and 18 years, focused on investigating how GENES AND ENVIRONMENT INTERACT and in what ways this interaction increases or decreases an individual’s chances of being. diagnosed with depression in later life.

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ABOVE : Brain scans reveal the dramatic difference in the activity levels in the respective brains of a depressed and a non-depressed individual.

In the study, the teenagers

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Chronic Depression, Childhood Trauma and Life Events

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A recent research study, carried out by Wiersma et al, focused on possible causes of chronic depression (chronic depression is long-lasting depression which has been continuous for two years or more – 20% of those with major depression suffer from this chronic form of it.

When major depression is also chronic, it is particularly serious; this is because those individuals who are chronically depressed are more likely to be hospitalized and more likely to commit suicide than those who

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Depression Treatment And Neuroplasticity

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Depression And Neuroplasticity

I have described, in other articles, how the brain goes on physically changing all our lives – the process does not stop when we reach adulthood. The quality of the brain, which allows it to continually restructure its architecture, neuroscientists call NEUROPLASTICITY (click

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