Category Archives: Depression

False Core Beliefs : Their Childhood Roots

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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 the rest

Overcoming Pessimism Caused by Childhood Trauma

I have written at length, in other articles on this site, about how those of us who suffered significant and protracted, interpersonal childhood trauma are more likely, on average, to develop mental illness as adults, including clinical depression One of Read the rest

Insomnia More Common in Childhood Trauma Survivors

I have already published on this site a great many articles about how those of us who have suffered significant childhood trauma are at considerably higher risk of suffering from psychiatric conditions, as adults than average. One such condition is Read the rest

Childhood Events And Experiences Linked To Bipolar Disorder

 

Bipolar disorder (which used to be called ‘manic depression’) is a condition in which the affected individual oscillates between periods of severe depression and periods of mania, combined with periods of relative ‘normality’ intervening between these episodes.

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Overcoming Guilt Caused by Childhood Trauma

 

 

 

If we have been mistreated as children, we may well grow up with a pervasive feeling that we are irredeemably ‘bad’ people (click here to read my article on why this happens). This can lead to Read the rest

Study Suggesting Meditation More Effective Than Anti-depressants

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We have already seen that significant childhood trauma is associated with increased risk of depression in adulthood which by no means is always responsive to anti-depressants. A recent research study, carried out jointly by researchers Read the rest

Ten Questions We can Ask Ourselves to Challenge Our Negative Thoughts.

 

My mother was one of the world’s most negative people. I remember, when I was a young child, one of her favourite sayings was that people did not need to ask what Hell would be like as we were Read the rest

Childhood Trauma And Depressive Illness : 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 fifteen different categories of depression. A person can Read the rest

Metacognitive Therapy For Borderline Personality Disorder And Other Conditions

 

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-behavioural therapy (CBT).

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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 colour from life, rather like seeing a film in high-resolution Read the rest

Childhood Trauma and Major Depressive Disorder.

 

Studies overwhelmingly show a strong link between childhood trauma and the development of a major depressive disorder in later life (in fact, nearly every study into this link has shown that the two are correlated to a statistically significant Read the rest

Childhood Trauma – Ways to Help Us Stop Over-Thinking about It.

When we suffer a great trauma, one of its effects can be to greatly reduce the sense of control we have over our lives, making us feel extremely vulnerable, and, sometimes, leading us to become preoccupied with central questions to Read the rest

Childhood Trauma : Kurt Cobain’s Childhood

I was a big fan of Kurt Cobain (1967-1994) and his band, Nirvana. I, therefore, remember where I was when I first heard the news of his death – it came on the TV in the gym I was in Read the rest

Research on Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as a Treatment for Trauma.

 

What Is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation? :

Transcranial magnetic stimulation is normally abbreviated to TMS. Essentially, this treatment works by delivering short pulses of magnetic energy (which are generated by a handheld device that contains an electromagnetic coil) to specific Read the rest