Invalidating environments during upbringing
Basically, there are lots of fancy names for the theories, but the causes are typically a number of the following factors working in combination: 1) Biological factors (neurotransmitters, hormones, etc) 2) Environmental stresses (Hopeless scenarios, painful scenarios, overwhelming scenarios, lonely scenarios, invalidating environment) 3) Individual temperament (the child’s ways of thinking, threshold of tolerance for emotional discomfort, etc.) Nowhere in that explanation does it imply “parents not giving their kids enough cause kids’ depression.” I often (not all the time, but often) see mood disorders (especially variable mood disorders such as types of bipolar disorder and the emotional traits of borderline personality disorder) as being a function of all three of the causes listed above.
If necessary, a pediatric psychiatrist or family physician may address the biological components of extreme moods and behaviors.
Because children, particularly children with a high emotional quotient, can be hypersensitive and react emotionally to seemingly neutral situations in a way adults might not understand, the adult may respond with logic, invalidating the feelings of the child.
Over time, a child who is told their feelings are “wrong” will become confused and learn to not trust their emotions.
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Method: 60 female adolescents completed the Borderline Symptoms List (BSL-23), the Family Adaptability and Cohesiveness Evaluation Scale (FACES-V), and the Invalidated Childhood Environment Scale adapted for adolescents (ICES-A) at baseline of a 20-week dialectical-behavioural therapy.
Results: Only maternal invalidation was positively correlated with severity of BPD symptoms.
As a parent, I know the panic that overtakes you when your child is out of control and, in the wake of the looks (and sometimes words) of judgment and annoyance from those around you, you’ll plead, bargain, threaten, and say almost anything to make the crying stop.I have news for you - I still vividly remember specific words and situations from decades ago. And, when we wake up one day and realize that not all families live this way and that we, indeed, were part of a dysfunctional or abusive household, the memories will come back from the times you thought what you said and did didn't matter.Same with the times that you didn't say or do what would have been the healthy choice for a child. I am very sensitive to situations where I see a child exposed to certain language, fighting, and worse. While the job was very rewarding, this was before my DBT days, and I literally had a nervous breakdown from the work. Essentially boundaries and the fact that I had so much inner work to do.It could be something as simple as a run away script or learning how to better use E-utilities, for more efficient work such that your work does not impact the ability of other researchers to also use our site.To restore access and understand how to better interact with our site to avoid this in the future, please have your system administrator contact [email protected]
During DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) group today, one of my peers mentioned that out of all of the hell she experienced growing up as a child who was abused and in a very invalidating environment, the one thing she learned from her parents was that she can do ANYTHING on her own.