Monthly Archives: September 2018

The role of childhood trauma on health and diseases

Introduction Traumatic events of the earliest years of infancy and childhood are not lost but, like a child’s footprints in wet cement, are often preserved lifelong. Time does not heal the wounds that occur in those earliest years; time conceals them. They are not lost; they are embodied. Only in recent decades has the magnitude of the problem of developmentally damaged humans begun to be recognized and understood. The influence of childhood experience, including often-unrecognized traumatic events, is as powerful as Freud and his colleagues originally described it. That influence is long lasting, and the researchers describe the intermediary mechanisms, the neural pathways, that these stressors activate for their clinical manifestation. Unfortunately, and in spite of these findings, the biopsychosocial model and the biomedical models of psychiatry remain largely at odds rather than taking advantage of the new discoveries to reinforce each other. Many of our most intractable public health problems are the result of… Read More

Depression and physical chronic pain

Depression and physical chronic pain   What is depression? People casually use the phrase, “I’m so depressed!” to say they are feeling down. But a temporary case of the blues – something we all experience has nothing to do with real depression. True depression is not the blues, sadness or even grief. It is an overwhelming despair so bleak that people who have experienced it say that it is the worst pain they have ever endured. Depression is a treatable mental illness. While there have been changes in people’s attitudes, the stigma associated with mental illnesses has meant that many people with depression never seek treatment. Yet, those who do have an excellent chance of recovery. Researchers estimate that people who receive treatment for depression respond well. What Are the Symptoms Like? There is no x-ray or blood test for depression. Instead, you, your family and friends will notice that your mood, functioning, attitude and… Read More

Emotional Divorce

  Introduction Emotional Divorce is a psychological mechanism some spouses use when they feel the marriage has become a threat to their well-being.When you divorce yourself emotionally from your spouse, you have separated your emotions from the marriage. For some spouses, this happens before the divorce. For others, it doesn’t happen until after the divorce process. Most divorces are one-sided. Very rarely, will a couple sit down and come to the decision to divorce, together. Some spouses struggle for years with feelings of emotional distance before they come to the conclusion that divorce is the solution to the marital problems or the way they are feeling emotionally. These spouses are commonly referred to as a “walk-away spouse.” The spouse who is left to deal with her/his emotions after the legal divorce is commonly referred to as the “left behind spouse.” No matter which role you find yourself playing, you have to come to grips with… Read More

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