updated:..more cortisol damage:…Rick Hanson; The mechanism accumulates more and more Anxiety drugs in the Body!

Meanwhile, frequent SNS/HPAA activation wears down the hippocampus, which is vital for forming explicit memories—clear records of what actually happened.


Cortisol and related glucocorticoid hormones both weaken existing synaptic connections in the hippocampus and inhibit the formation of new ones.


Further, the hippocampus is one of the few regions in the human brain that can actually grow new neurons—yet glucocorticoids prevent the birth of neurons in the hippocampus, impairing its ability to produce new memories.


Our childhood trauma, ignites this mechanism over and over when we leave this moment to dissociate.


C-PTSD fuels itself with this mechanism and convinces us that our thoughts are real, really!

7 responses to this post.

  1. It’s amazing as new, positive experiences form, I feel like I have to force myself (or write it down) to remember. My brain only wants to remember the ‘scary’ things, as a sort of protection / self preservation technique. It takes practice to comfort myself and brain that we don’t need to live in fear, on the defense anymore.

  2. Posted by monica on March 28, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Yes,,,practice and patience. My goodness we have lived this way our whole life and so its an ingrained habit. I read something today from the book “the Present.” which I loved…it said |Focus on what is happening at the moment. APPECIATE WHAT IS RIGHT ABOUT THE SITUATION’ AND BUILD ON IT|. I had to write that one down…

  3. Focus your attention not avoid or divert, recognkze but leae te story.

    That is the key,awareness thst thoughts, feasr and asnxiety exist but does ot lure us anymore.

    So picking out what is right means to experience all and then focus on the positive.

    In time you can just acknowledge the sad or bad exists without engaging it. Avoiding makes it grow.

  4. This post is good timing for me today too. I am going to Orlando @ 3am tomorrow to visit my Dad. I am SO excited, but it feel like anxiety. My body probably does not know the difference.

  5. If you stay present and follow the body sensations they will pass without an influence.

    The cortisol and adrenaline are not connected to your thoughts or emotions. It is ok to have some stuff flowing around because it is our mechasnism and our inner world.

    Does not make a difference what the body knows, you know that being totally present all this fades.

    You have practiced everyday for situations like this. Relax and use your tools and all is fine as it should be.

  6. Posted by monica on March 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Marty , can u please elaborate on the sentence” The cortisol and adrenaline are not connected to your thoughts or emotions.” I always believed that the cortisol reacts to our thoughts…what we are thinking….???

  7. It may react to your thoughts because our trauma is stored in the amygdala, but the thoughts do not have any power. The fight or flight mechanism is being triggered for now.

    The amygdala has the power to prepare the body for defense of the organism.

    If you were in the woods and a bear started at you, the feelings of fear and that jolt are the same. Trauma thoughts do not add one thing, except the ability to dump more amd mlore cortisol.

    Childhood trauma is accumulative in many ways. We practice it longer,since we can remember as children. Anxiety is the norm for us and the patterns are habit.

    My thoughts do not cause my cortisol and adrenaline to dump now, WHY

    Because the have integrated n technical terms or I think my amygdala is empty of most of it. The same thoughts do nothing now. So, I must presume that my thoughts can not stop traffic only set my mind crazy with trauma.

    Monica, if I could take you to a doctor and have her administer a shot of adrenaline and cortisol, you could see that thoughts add nothing. The mechanism works like this for untraumatized people. For us also when we integrate our trauma.

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