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

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… Read more

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… Read more

Childhood Depression: Risk Factors And Why It Is Underdiagnosed.

Undiagnosed Childhood Depression 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 depression often deny that they are depressed. Certainly this was… Read more

Effects Of Parental Depression On The Toddler

  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… Read more

Childhood Depression: Seven Signs (An Infographic).

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… Read more

Depression: Why Fighting Depressive Feelings can Worsen Them.

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… Read more

Depression – Nutritional Deficiencies which can Exacerbate It.

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,… Read more

Childhood Trauma and Depression – Somatic Symptoms

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… Read more

Effects of Childhood Trauma – Alexithymia, Depression and Binge Eating

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… Read more

Psychotic Depression: The Symptoms

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… Read more

Depression Treatment And Neuroplasticity

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… Read more

Fifteen Types of Depression.

On average, and all else being equal, the more traumatic a person’s childhood, the more likely it is that s/he will experience depression at some point in his/her life. I list below sixteen different categories of depression. A person can … Read more

Metacognitive Therapy for Anxiety and Depression.

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METACOGNITIVE THERAPY (MCT) Metacognitive therapy (MCT) was developed by Dr Adrian Wells and Dr Gerald Matthews in the early 1990s.  It shares elements in common with, but is distinct from, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). The main difference is that whilst CBT… Read more

Childhood Trauma Leading to Anhedonia (Inability to Experience Pleasure).

There is an established relationship between having experienced trauma as a child and suffering from anhedonia (the inability to experience feelings of pleasure) as an adult. Anhedonia drains the color from life, rather like seeing a film in high resolution… Read more

Deep Brain Stimulation – A Cutting-Edge Treatment for Depression

In some people, severe clinical depression does not respond to established forms of treatment such as psychotherapy, behavioural therapy, drug treatment or electrconvulsive therapy (ECT). Such a depressive state is medically referred to as TREATMENT RESISTANT DEPRESSION (TRD). However, there… Read more