Lifetime 'Old Flames Never Die': Are secret obsessions a result of childhood trauma?

What drove Weston to go after Kira after their one night together? Could he have had a difficult past?


                            Lifetime 'Old Flames Never Die': Are secret obsessions a result of childhood trauma?
Yan-Kay Crystal Lowe as Kira Young, Lou Ferrigno Jr as Weston Wade, and Rich Paul as Tyson Harris in 'Old Flames Never Die' (IMDb and @officialcrystallowe/Instagram)
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Lifetime's upcoming thriller movie 'Old Flames Never Die' has a nerve-wracking and scary plot. A one-night stand turns into a secret obsession overnight!

Starring Yan-Kay Crystal Lowe as Kira Young, Lou Ferrigno Jr as Weston Wade, and Rich Paul as Tyson Harris, the thriller is a twisted drama, but with seemingly disturbing characters. 

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Does trauma cause obsessive thoughts?

Posttraumatic stress disorder also called PTSD and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD for short) are common anxiety disorders that are highly likely in people with a long history of unresolved trauma. Research says that a person diagnosed with PTSD has a 30 per cent chance of developing signs of OCD in about a year's time.

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Adults who have experienced trauma of any kind during their formative years of growth eventually develop mood and anxiety disorders. In addition, childhood trauma also increases the chances of the occurrence of PTSD, OCD, personality disorders, as well as psychotic symptoms. That being said, individuals under this category are at a higher risk of suicide along with displaying self-harming behaviors. 

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Disturbing experiences from childhood play a vital role in certain specific personality traits as well. In several OCD patients, traits such as being social, easily agreeing to others, and neuroticism are all reported to link back to childhood abuse (emotional and/or physical). 

Is OCD a result of childhood trauma?
 
Several studies have found and stated the connection between OCD and childhood trauma. Stanley Rachman, a psychologist, put forth a theory that suggests that stressful situations are when people are more likely to experience obsessions. According to the theory, these disturbing thoughts are constantly triggered by external cues (For example,  A couple eating at a restaurant). 

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What kind of childhood trauma causes OCD?
The main two stressful occurrences to have the strongest effect on heightened OCD symptoms are physical abuse/neglect and sexual abuse, according to researchers. 

An increase in OCD symptoms is also to do physical and sexual abuse, family disruption, and neglect, according to a study. 

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What does trauma during childhood look like?

Strong emotions persist long after the trauma has occurred because the mind is constantly in fear, denial, and even shock, without fully accepting the situation at hand. 

That being said, children tend to feel helpless, be constantly afraid fear, and also display physiological reactions like vomiting, or even loss of bladder control.

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So what exactly is Weston Wade's backstory in the movie? What was his past like? Stay tuned to find out. 

'Old Flames Never Die' releases on February 11, 2022, on Lifetime Movie Network (LMN).