Childhood Trauma: Its Relationship to Psychopathy.

      The term ‘psychopath’ is often used by the tabloid press. In fact, the diagnosis of ‘psychopath’ is no longer given – instead, the term ‘anti-social personality disorder’ is generally used. When the word ‘psychopath’ is employed by the press, it tends to be used for its ‘sensational’ value to refer to a cold-blooded …

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Childhood Trauma: Damage Done by Breakdown of Maternal Bond.

  Whilst the child has many relationships (e.g. with siblings, teachers, friends, etc) the relationship between the child and the mother is of paramount importance. How our mother relates to us in our early years has a profound impact on our subsequent development and future lives, not least in terms of how we perceive ourselves …

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Childhood Trauma: Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (with Questionnaire).

          Survivors of extreme trauma often suffer persistent anxiety, phobias, panic, depression, identity and relationship problems. Many times, the set of symptoms the individual presents with are not connected to the original trauma by those providing treatment (as certainly was the case for me in the early years of my treatment, necessitating me …

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Childhood Trauma: How The Child’s View Of Their Own ‘Badness’ Is Perpetuated.

                                When a child is continually mistreated, s/he will inevitably conclude that s/he must be innately bad. This is because s/he has a need (at an unconscious level) to preserve the illusion that her/his parents are good; this can only …

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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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Childhood Trauma, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Dissociation.

Childhood Trauma, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Dissociation. I have previously published articles on this site articles explaining the connection between childhood trauma and borderline personality disorder (BPD). An important symptom of BPD is DISSOCIATION, which this article will examine in greater detail. Dissociation is generally considered to be a COPING MECHANISM in response to severe …

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Effects of Childhood Trauma On The Development Of Violent and Anti-Social Behaviour.

    TONY SOPRANO: And to think I’m the cause of it. DR. MALFI: How are you the cause of it? TONY SOPRANO: It’s in his blood, this miserable fucking existence. My rotten fucking putrid genes have infected my kid’s soul. That’s my gift to my son. ***** Studies have shown that male children who …

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Types of Relationship Problems The Individual May Experience As A Result Of Childhood Trauma.

  Childhood Trauma And Adult Relationships : Early relationships between the parent and child have an enormous impact on how the child manages relationships throughout later life. If the child experiences significant difficulties relating to his/her parents, it often leads to problems with relating to others later on in life. Secure Attachment : The developmental …

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How Childhood Trauma Can Reduce Life Expectancy By 19 Years.

  Childhood trauma clearly puts the child who experiences it under great stress; the more protracted and intense the traumas, and the more traumas the child suffers, all else being equal, the more stress is inflicted upon the child. A very major recent study (The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study) has shown that an especially traumatic …

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Childhood Trauma: The Link with Future Gambling.

Childhood Trauma And Gambling Addiction :   Research suggests that childhood trauma increases the likelihood of future addictions, including gambling. This gambling may become pathological. The types of childhood trauma that were experienced in pathological gamblers include violence, sexual abuse and loss. For instance, Jacobs (2008) conducted research demonstrating that childhood trauma greatly increased the …

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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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Anger Resulting from Childhood Trauma

Anger is not a bad thing if it is APPROPRIATELY EXPRESSED. Expressing it inappropriately will usually get us nowhere and can badly backfire. However, its appropriate expression is often effective. As we begin to realize that what was done to us as children was wrong, anger often emerges (especially when we start to understand all the …

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