Claire has asked a question about Cortisol Dumping??????

“Cortisol—released by the adrenal glands during the stress response; stimulates the amygdala and inhibits the hippocampus.

The fight or flight mechanism, the adrenal stress response explodes releasing cortisol and adrenaline, plus numerous other stimulating mechanisms and drugs. A fearful trigger can release these same responses and mechanisms.
The more they fire the stronger they get. this cortisol dump happens when our amygdala spots a lethal threat or a fake one from our stored trauma. Simple.

12 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by jennifertemp on March 22, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    This stress is particularly brutal for women.Weight gain. No only do we tend to eat more during times of stress the the way the body processes it changes chemically.

    “Cortisol has long been termed the “stress hormone,” but the fact is that it has several important functions in the body. However, having constantly high levels of cortisol in your bloodstream can lead to several negative health conditions, one of them being weight gain.”

    Another good reason for a fitness program, also in conjunction with meditation. Heal the Body, Mind AND Spirit – win win.

  2. Posted by Carey S. on March 24, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Also, the body then may need help in enacting the relaxation response; this is where breath work, yoga, exercise, etc can be done to counteract the cortisol, which is very damaging to the body and most concerning to the immune system. Also when we are firing from the amygdala on a chronic basis, we begin to lose the dendrites in our prefrontal cortex, where our higher ordered thinking comes from.

    The really good news is that the relaxtion response can be walked into within a matter minutes using the tools we have, such as yoga and meditation.

  3. Posted by Claire on March 25, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Thank you so much Marty, i was having a discussion with someone who was saying fear is a choice, i guess your body reacting to fear is not a choice, but we do have the choice in how we manage it. It does make sense.

  4. Let us break this down with PTSD and without.

    PTSD fear is not real but a delusion. That is the difference. We are terrified of past vents or event, nothing that can physically harm us now.

    We can also change our relationship to our fear. Get to know it is a mechanism. A defense mechanism in fact. It protects us, oxymoronic yes. A protective mechanism is now harming us our life.

  5. Posted by Claire on March 25, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    i think dissociation is a bit like that as well, it was protective, a good thing, but now it is invasive and disruptive and harmful.

  6. Funny you mention this because, I believe dissociation is the only symptom we need to address. All the rest will die of starvation. When we leave this moment, dissociation we fuel trauma of the past. Spend your time wandering the past in your trauma and suffer. PTSD will grow and grow.

    Let thoughts fade and cortisol will recede quickly. Learn to focus on the breath and break PTSD’s back. It is simple how to heal from PTSD, not easy but simple.

    Practice practice

  7. Posted by Claire on March 25, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    its been 8 years since my diagnosis so will give your breathing track a go, thanks for your help.

  8. Posted by Claire on March 25, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    but the dissociation has recently been picked up on, a few months ago i got diagnosed DDNOS still trying to understand it and your info on Dissociation has been the easiest to understand out of everything i have read.

  9. No matter it all heals the same way

    No right or wrong, good or bad, or tension while we practice. It is not a chore but a gift if you practice.

    Let go of tension, follow the breath with eyes open on a model of the tack you print out. Track the breath starting at the bottom right corner, inhale, pause, exhale pause,

  10. Posted by Claire on March 26, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    how do you stop the blanking out that happens with dissociation?

  11. hey Claire, can you describe exactly what you are experiencing? When you sit or during the day or during a trigger?



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