PTSD - Why we experience it.
Posted on 22nd April 2017 at 11:45
Why do we experience post traumatic stress?
There is a little part of the brain called the amygdala, which is shaped like an almond, this part of the brain is responsible for emotional reactions and is primarily involved with your survival, it is responsible for more than this but I will keep it simple for explanation purposes.
When the amygdala is bombarded with huge volumes of emotional value it goes into a panic and is unable to send the information to the hippocampus, which would then pass this memory to the neocortex for evaluation.
This means that the brain is unable to make sense of the situation or event experienced and so the amygdala stays in a constant state of arousal causing flashbacks and high levels of anxiety.
If you imagine it like tunnels being connected in the form of a maze, you are trying to walk through and suddenly a shutter comes down, you can’t get out until the shutters have been lifted, or in the case of the brain, you are unable to recover unless the information has been processed.
Can PTSD be treated?
Yes of course it can, it is possible to help the brain process the memory through a number of different methods, and personal recommendations are EMDR and/or EFT which are techniques that I use regularly with my clients - In fact doctors highly recommend EMDR for cases of PTSD.
EMDR works by using movement of the eyes and allows the clients brain to process this disturbing information that is stuck by recall distressing images while receiving one of several types of bilateral sensory input.
I hope this has given you a little insight to why you may be suffering from a traumatic event, you can get over it and move on with your life so go see someone asap and pay what ever it takes to become happy again!
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