Trauma, Secondary Trauma and Post Traumatic Growth

I’ve been working on a couple of research projects recently that both, coincidentally, involve the idea of trauma or secondary trauma because of the workplace. I think about trauma from the perspective of someone who has worked in the field of life events – what is it that makes something traumatic? In one sense it’sContinue reading “Trauma, Secondary Trauma and Post Traumatic Growth”

What is Avoidant Insecure Attachment

People who have an avoidant attachment style are independent to the point that they can find intimacy difficult and find it hard to reach out to others in times of need. This trouble with intimacy can be expressed through a dismissive attitude and they can come across as disregarding the feelings and interests of others.Continue reading “What is Avoidant Insecure Attachment”

What is Secure Attachment

People who have a secure attachment style are able to build and maintain supportive relationships – they feel connected to others, trust them and are comfortable being independent and allowing others to be independent within their relationship. A securely attached individual can reach out for support when they need it and can offer it inContinue reading “What is Secure Attachment”

What is Attachment?

Attachment theory focuses on how people form relationships with others.  Attachment is the emotional bond you feel for someone, so the reason you miss them if you haven’t seen them for a while.  It starts during infancy – being close to others is a basic need – you become attached to the person who caresContinue reading “What is Attachment?”

Positive Events Predict…

Life events happen to everyone – they’re the sort of thing you get on the phone to people about – “I just broke up with someone”, “I’m moving house” etc. They can range from something with a big impact like emigrating to the other side of the world, where pretty much everything is going toContinue reading “Positive Events Predict…”

It wasn’t me, it was my brain

You may not know much about the prefrontal cortex or think that much about brain development as a whole but the next time you find yourself screaming “STOP!” or asking exasperatedly “why did you do that?!” as your child shrugs their shoulders, you are directly experiencing the effects of dealing with someone with immature frontalContinue reading “It wasn’t me, it was my brain”

Repost: Signs Your Child Might Be Struggling With Depression

I recently wrote a blog post for Trigger publishing – they’re developing a mental health hub full of useful articles. They asked me to write about children’s mental health for Children’s Mental Health Week. Specifically something about the signs of depression in children. It’s not a straightfoward topic – no two children are the sameContinue reading “Repost: Signs Your Child Might Be Struggling With Depression”