Category Archives: Recovery

Posttraumatic Growth : Trauma, The Brain, Dissociation And Creativity

 

How many times have people used a pen or paintbrush because they couldn’t pull the trigger?’ – Virginia Wolfe.

 

I have written elsewhere on this site in several previously published posts how, ultimately, even extremely serious and Read the rest

Reframing The Past : How To Reframe Traumatic Memories

 

THE INDOCTRINATION OF NEGATIVE CORE BELIEFS :

Many of us who have experienced significant and protracted childhood trauma have, as adults, suffered from the inadvertent internalization of our parents’ (or caretakers’) attitude and feelings towards us as we were Read the rest

Complex PTSD And Physically Evaluating The Brain

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex posttraumatic stress disorder (complex PTSD) can both be considered forms of brain INJURY even though the cause of the injury is extreme psychological trauma rather than a physical trauma such as a blow to Read the rest

Remission In Sufferers Of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).

We have seen from numerous other articles that I have published on this site that those individuals who have suffered significant and protracted childhood trauma are at greatly elevated risk of developing borderline personality disorder (BPD) compared to those who Read the rest

‘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 Read the rest

Is The Emotional Freedom Technique Effective For Treating Trauma?

 

EFT stands for the emotional freedom technique and is used to treat sufferers of various disorders, including PTSD (complex posttraumatic stress disorder) and complex PTSD (and, in this article, I will be looking at its effectiveness in relation to Read the rest

Ten Ways To Build Resilience

resilience

Different people respond in different ways to trauma. One of the reasons for this is that some people are more resilient to its adverse effects than others and even manage to grow and develop as a person in positive ways Read the rest

Steps To Healing From Childhood Trauma As An Adult

Research shows those who suffer childhood trauma CAN and DO recover.

Making significant changes in life can be a very daunting prospect, but those who do it in order to aid their own recovery from childhood trauma very often find Read the rest

Time Perspective Therapy Can Help Us Live In The Present

 

Based upon Zimbardo’s and Boyd’s (2008) Time Perspective Theory, a therapeutic technique known as Time Perspective Therapy (Zimbardo, Sword and Sword) was developed.

Time Perspective Therapy is predicated upon Zimbardo’s idea that the way in which we Read the rest

Start Your Own Mental Health Blog

 

 

My Own Experience Of Blogging :

I started this blog about five years ago as I believed it would help in my recovery – it has certainly done so.

It has introduced some structure into my life and Read the rest

Steps To Trauma Recovery And Developing Resilience

The psychoanalyst, Rothschild, in her excellent book ‘Keys To Safe Trauma Recovery‘, suggests that recovery from trauma entails just a handful of major elements and I list these below. Underneath some of the elements that appear on the
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Controlling Emotions : The Emotional Regulation System

 

If, as children, we experienced, significant and protracted trauma we are at increased risk of developing various psychological difficulties as adults, including an increased risk of developing borderline personality disorder (BPD) and complex posttraumatic stress disorder.

One of the Read the rest

BPD, Psychodynamic Treatment, The Unconscious And Transference

Crucial Importance Of First Five Years Of Life:

Central to psychodynamic theory, initially developed by Sigmund Freud, is the assertion that events occurring to the child between birth and five years of age have the most vital effect upon his/her Read the rest

Self-Acceptance More Helpful To Mental Health Than Self-Esteem.

We have already seen that most frequently because how they were made to feel about themselves by parents/primary care-givers whilst growing up, one of the most painful, demoralizing and soul-destroying symptoms those with borderline personality disorder (BPD) must strive to Read the rest

Neurocounseling And Its Relevance To Treating Complex-PTSD

The term neurocounseling refers to a form of therapies that seek to take advantage of the relatively recent neuroscientific discovery that the human brain has far more

NEUROPLASTICITY than was previously believed to be the case.

What Is Neuroplasticity?

The Read the rest

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