Do Alternative And Complimentary Therapy For PTSD Work?

A systematic review conducted by Wahbey et al.and published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine was carried out in order to assess the effectiveness of various complementary and alternative therapies for PTSD using Natural-Standard evidence-based, validated grading rationale. The following complementary and alternative therapies were assessed: REPETITIVE TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION ACUPUNCTURE HYPNOTHERAPY …

Severity Of BPD Symptoms And Human Touch Negatively Correlated.

Research (Field, 2010)  suggests that the severity of borderline personality disorder (BPD) symptoms and human touch are negatively correlated. In other words, those suffering from severe symptoms of BPD experience less physical contact with other human beings than do ‘BPD sufferers with less severe symptoms (all else being equal). This finding provides further evidence in …

The Science Behind How Exercise Reduces Anxiety

  It is becoming increasingly well known how the body is intrinsically connected to symptoms of PTSD and complex PTSD, and, accordingly, the vital role of physical therapies in helping to ameliorate these conditions. Indeed, in the UK, more and more doctors are prescribing interventions such as free gym memberships in order to help treat …

Rapper Talks About How Making Music Has Reduced His BPD Symptoms

A rapper from Bristol, Wayne Webster, has recently been reported by the BBC as explaining how music has helped him deal with his BPD and stopped him from harming himself. The rapper stated that by the age of 28 he realized ‘something wasn’t right’ with him and that he was not only hurting himself but …

Diet May Help Reverse Brain Damage Caused By Childhood Trauma

We have seen from numerous other articles published on this site that there exists an abundance of evidence that severe, protracted and repetitive childhood trauma can adversely affect the development of the brain both in terms of its architecture and functionality. Specific brain areas that research suggests may be damaged in this way include: the …

Understanding And Treating BPD In Relation To Person’s Life Story

1639-word article. Carl Jung’s View Of The Vital Importance Of A Person’s Life Story When It Comes To Explaining Mental Illness: Jung, who worked closely with Freud for many years, was of the view that therapy should start with the story the patient needs to tell and that, in the context of that story, his/her …

Feel Constantly ‘Numbed Out’? Polyvagal Informed Therapy May Help

It is well known that our body’s self-protective response to imminent danger and threat (whether perceived or real) is to enter a state of ‘fight’ or ‘flight.’ However, what is perhaps slightly less well known is there is a third type of response:  the FREEZE RESPONSE. So, the ‘fight, flight response’ may also sometimes be …

‘Top-Down’ And ‘Bottom-Up’ Ways Of Treating Childhood Trauma.

  WHAT ARE ‘TOP-DOWN’ THERAPIES? A ‘top-down’ therapy is one that aims to create a positive change in the individual’s behavioural, emotional and somatic symptoms in a ‘top-down’ direction (i.e. by beneficially ALTERING THE INDIVIDUAL’S THOUGHT PROCESSES). Techniques for doing this include cognitive restructuring and increasing the traumatized individual’s insight into his or her condition, …

Reducing Anxiety By Calming The Amygdala

  We have seen from other articles published on this site that severe and protracted childhood trauma, resulting in the child being frequently subjected to extreme stress, can damage the development of the part of the brain known as the amygdala, which is intimately involved in generating feelings of fear and anxiety. Indeed, in individuals …

Hypnosis : Why Some Throw Baby Out With Bathwater

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Unfortunately, in the past, hypnosis and hypnotherapy have received bad press. Why is this? There are, perhaps, three main reasons : – Stage hypnotists who claim they are using ‘hypnosis’ to induce volunteers from the audience to do absurd, degrading and demeaning things – in fact, such behaviour is more likely to be play-acting or …

Hypnosis For Headaches

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Hypnosis Treatment For Headaches : Research suggests that if we suffered from significant and protracted childhood trauma we will, as adults, have an increased susceptibility to suffering from headaches and migraines during our adult years. Examples Of Research Studies Showing The Effectiveness Of Hypnosis For The Treatment Of Headaches: 1) A research study conducted by …

Is Hypnosis Real? Evidence From Neuroimaging And Brain Activity.

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Is Hypnosis Real? In the past, scientific studies on the effectiveness of hypnosis had to rely upon the verbal reports of those who had undergone hypnosis – in other words, the researchers relied upon the subjective account the person who had been hypnotized gave of his/her experience (which is not an ideal way of accruing scientific …

Childhood Trauma: Aiding Recovery through Diet and Lifestyle.

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  Childhood Trauma: Aiding Recovery through Diet and Lifestyle. Neurotransmitters : Several of my posts have discussed research that shows childhood trauma can profoundly influence the biochemistry of the brain and that these biochemical changes can, and do, lead to problems with the individual’s psychological state and behaviour. Fortunately, however, research has also demonstrated that …