RECOVERY

Compassion Focused Therapy for Effects of Childhood Trauma

  Therapy which emphasizes self-compassion (as well as compassion for others), not inappropriately called COMPASSION FOCUSED THERAPY (CFT), has become increasingly utilized for the treatment of the effects of childhood trauma over the last decade or so. It is based on 3 main components : being mindful of one’s own suffering. being kind to oneself …

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Treating Conditions Linked To Childhood Trauma Eating Omega-3 Fats

As far as diet is concerned, there are good fats and bad fats. The fats we put into our bodies are of particular importance because of their effect upon brain functioning. Again, some fats have a very positive effect upon the brain, whilst others have a damaging effect. Fats of great benefit to the brain …

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Study Shows Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Improves Brain Functioning.

Above image: Creative Commons Licence   DIALECTICAL BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (DBT), devised by Marsha Linehan,  the founder of Behavioral Tech, has been found to be particularly effective in treating those who, in part due to their childhood experiences, have gone on to develop BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER (BPD). Five skills are central to dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT); …

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4 Vital Elements Of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy For Treatment Of BPD

Above image: Creative Commons Licence   DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOR THERAPY (DBT), which helps individuals develop skills of mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness (see diagram above for more detail) is an exciting, relatively new treatment option for those suffering from BPD. It is a therapy which has elements in common with cognitive behavioural therapy …

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Simple Questions We can Ask Ourselves to Reduce Anxiety

  Below I have listed a set of questions we can ask ourselves when we are worried and anxious. The questions are intended to help us CHALLENGE OUR NEGATIVE THOUGHTS; this technique derives from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): QUESTIONS WE CAN ASK OURSELVES WHICH HELP US TO CHALLENGE OUR NEGATIVE THOUGHTS: 1) What evidence is there …

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Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) : Further Treatment Options.

Individuals suffering from psychiatric conditions such as borderline personality disorder (BPD) find there are a vast array of therapies on offer purporting to be able to effectively treat them. The choice can seem overwhelming and confusing. In the case of BPD, however, although many different therapists may claim that the particular therapy that they offer …

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Why We Worry And Methods Research Shows Can Help Control It

Other posts in this category have already dealt with how early life experience of trauma can contribute to us becoming anxious adults, and, also, that the type of negative thinking (cognitive) style we may have developed as a result of the early trauma can perpetuate symptoms of depression and anxiety. But what are the other causes …

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Trauma: How Cognitive Processing Therapy Can Help.

  It is always important to treat post-traumatic stress and this is particularly the case in relation to childhood trauma. This is because it is during childhood that we form our core beliefs about ourselves, others and the world in general. Childhood trauma can severely distort these beliefs in a highly destructive manner. Without treatment, …

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What Neuroimaging Tells Us About Hypnosis.

  HYPNOSIS AND NEUROIMAGING:   Neuroimaging refers to a technique of examining which areas of the brain are active at any one time and can tell us something about how hypnosis works it involves the use of very expensive equipment which can display images of brain activity when the brain is involved with various tasks. I will …

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Psychodynamic And Psychoanalytic Therapy: Treating The Root Cause Of Related Symptoms.

  I had been perplexed for a very long time, given the emotional symptoms I was experiencing, which, it had always been obvious to me, were in large part related to my childhood experiences, why I had never been offered therapy, by the NHS, which could specifically address this issue. In fact, the professionals I …

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Prince Harry Tries EMDR To Help Process Trauma. What Is It?

      Prince Harry, who tragically lost his mother, Princess Diana, at the age of just 12, has recently opened up about his childhood trauma in a series of interviews with Oprah Winfrey and has revealed that to help him process this trauma, he has opted to undergo EMDR therapy. But what does this …

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Childhood Trauma: Aiding Recovery through Diet and Lifestyle.

  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 …

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How Self-Esteem Is Damaged And Key Elements That Help Recovery

Our Self-Esteem: Branden’s (1994) 6 Key Elements. Branden (1994) identified six key foundations upon which the development of a healthy level of self-esteem is built; these six building blocks of self-esteem are as follows: THE SIX KEY FACTORS THAT UNDERPIN A HEALTHY LEVEL OF SELF-ESTEEM: 1) Being consciously engaged with the present 2) Being accepting …

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Psychotherapeutic Interventions That Research Suggests Are Helpful For Individuals Suffering with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).

  A quick search of the internet reveals a very large range of therapies on offer which purports to treat BPD effectively. Indeed, the sheer range of putative treatments can seem confusing and overwhelming. It is for this reason that I concentrate on just six treatments that research suggests are the most beneficial. Let’s look …

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Is Online Therapy Effective? The Pros And Cons

  Given the underfunding of the NHS in the U.K. and the long waiting times involved in getting appropriate therapy for mental health conditions (assuming one is fortunate enough to even be put on the waiting list), people suffering emotional problems are increasingly seeking alternatives, including private teletherapy/online therapy (therapy delivered through email, messaging or …

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Challenging Our Negative Thoughts.

  Challenging Negative Thoughts : This article examines how we can use cognitive behavioral therapy to challenge our negative thoughts. When we have negative thoughts, it is important to ask ourselves: ‘What is the evidence to support this negative thought/belief?’ OFTEN, WILL WILL FIND THERE IS VERY LITTLE OR AT LEAST NOT THE COMPELLING EVIDENCE …

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Its Effect On Brain And Its Benefits

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)  was initially devised during the 1970s by Aaron Beck and has since been developed by other psychologists (for example, David Burns, MD) and is now used to treat many conditions that individuals who have experienced significant and protracted childhood trauma are at increased risk of suffering from (especially depression and anxiety). Put …

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