Archive | Developmental Trauma


Oprah and the Hole in the Soul

When Oprah talks, people listen Let’s hope Oprah’s message in her interview about Developmental Trauma penetrates the veil of denial about its presence in our American culture. She says it’s time to connect the dots between what happens to people in early childhood and the problems they are having in their adult lives. Pulling No […]

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Codependency, Fear & Anxiety

Codependency is a set of adult behaviors that are caused by developmental trauma during the first nine months of life and has a characteristic set of identifying behaviors: feelings of fear and anxiety about losing the connection to another person a compulsive over-focus on other people’s activities, problems and needs that looks like an  “addiction” feeling […]

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Why DO You Get Triggered?

Maybe you get triggered and freak out because you are more sensitive than other people. Perhaps you smell, hear, feel and taste things that other people don’t pick up because you have a more finely-tuned sensory filter. This sensitivity is sometimes known as “atypical sensory filtering.”  Sensory sensitivities can intensify as we grow older. And we may develop new sensitivities. […]

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The Good News and the Bad News About Attachment

First the Bad News Dr. Mary Main and her associates at UC Berkeley have been conducting research since 1986 about how infants form their early attachments to their mothers during the first year of life. In her long-term follow-up studies with infants, she discovered that an infant’s attachment style at the age of 12 months predicts almost perfectly their attachment style for the […]

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Treating Symptoms vs. Healing Anxiety, Stress & Trauma

What’s the Difference? What I read about helping people with anxiety, stress and trauma focuses mostly on the treatment model. Treating symptoms of anxiety, stress and trauma typically includes using tools such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and medication, and is typical of the Western medical model. The goal of the treatment paradigm is to reduce, relieve or eliminate symptoms. The […]

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Mental Illness . . . REALLY?

This information from really freaked me out! What Causes Anxiety Disorders? The exact cause of anxiety disorders is unknown; but anxiety disorders — like other forms of mental illness — are not the result of personal weakness, a character flaw, or poor upbringing. As scientists continue their research on mental illness, it is becoming clear that many […]

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ACEs Are Traumas

The results of the 1998 ACE Study clearly show that ACEs are traumas. These interchangeable terms both describe how early abuse, abandonment and neglect impact children’s short- and long-term physical and mental health. Childhood maltreatment has now become a public health issue. High levels of childhood trauma increases the risk of many mental health issues, including […]

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Adverse Childhood Experiences Study

The term “adverse childhood experiences” isn’t new, even though it suddenly has become widely used by the media. Also known as ACE’s, these early childhood traumas were the focus of a research project conducted between 1995 and 1997 in San Diego, California. One of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess the correlations between childhood […]

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Freaked Out 101: An Online Course

 Freaked Out 101: How Hidden Developmental Traumas Can Disrupt Your Life and Relationships, is an online designed to help you better understand why you get anxious and freak out in certain situations and around certain people. Our research shows that at least 90 percent of adults have some hidden developmental traumas that disrupt their lives in some significant way. […]

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