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Childhood Emotional Neglect: How, Why and What | Deepika Bhandari | MHT India

childhood emotional neglect - deepika bhandari - mht india

Childhood Emotional Neglect can be understood as an Inability or failure to respond to a child’s emotional needs. It may not necessarily be emotional abuse but more of neglectful behaviour towards the child. Emotional Abuse, in lay man terms, can be seen as purposeful behaviour that can be hurtful in nature. Childhood Emotional Neglect on the other hans, can be seen as being unaware of the needs of the child in any form or capacity that can have lasting effects on the child.

For example, a child comes back from school and wants to talk about something that happened at school but the parent is busy or unable to do so and instead of explaining the reason ors setting out a time specifically for the same, they just tend to ignore the conversation altogether. This might be unintentional but can be seen as neglect, or in specific, Childhood Emotional Neglect.

Childhood Neglect can be seen in different ways and capacities, however Childhood Emotional Neglect can be the most harmful of all with effects that can last a lifetime.

In this MHT Live, Ms. Deepika Bhandari, a trauma-informed therapist, talks about Childhood Emotional Neglect, what it is, how it can effect us and why it happens.

About Ms. Deepika Bhandari

Ms. Deepika Bhandari is a psychologist based out of Mumbai. She is currently working with Animal Angels Foundation, Mumbai and received training in Animal Assisted Therapy from the same. Ms. Bhandari specialises in Childhood Emotional Neglect and Trauma- Informed Therapy, Animal Assisted Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt Therapy, REBT, CBT. As a psychologist, Ms. Deepika Bhandari provides evidence-based treatment, with an approach to therapy that is decided and based on the unique characteristics of the client.

Books recommended by Ms. Deepika Bhandari to aid understanding Childhood Emotional Neglect

  1. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk. Click here to know more.
  2. Running on Empty: Overcome your Childhood Emotional Neglect by Jonice Webb. Click here to know more.
  3. Complex PTSD Workbook; A Mind-Body Approach to Regaining Emotional Control and Becoming Whole by Arielle Scwartz. Click here to know more.
  4. The Tao of fully feeling: Harvesting forgiveness out of blame: Click here to know more.

Watch the Full Video: Childhood emotional Neglect: How, Why and What | Ms. Deepika Bhandari | MHT Live

About MHT Live

MHT Live is an online space with live streaming on Facebook, Youtube and Instagram. At MHT Live, mental health professionals such as psychiatrists, psychologists, researchers and scholars come together and address a particular issue or advancements in the field of mental health and even chat with the viewers through a live chatbox. Mental health experts in India have been a part of this platform from the very beginning. From mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression and psychosis; psychological issues, such as self-esteem, confidence and resilience; as well as social issues such as workplace culture, women’s issues, and LGBT community issues, all have been covered in the multiple MHT Live sessions that take place every Sunday.

The platform aims at connecting professionals with people seeking help, vice-versa. An interactive discussion of approximately 1 hour provides the viewers with a comprehensive knowledge of that particular issues, therapeutic techniques that they can try at home and also contact details of the speaker of a particular webinar. 

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