The female brain and PTSD, anxiety, depression

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Miles Pilling: http://mindfulphotos
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Excerpt from Phsychology Today: the mind and gender.
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“Girls tend to use more words when discussing or describing incidence, story, person, object, feeling, or place. Males not only have fewer verbal centers in general but also, often, have less connectivity between their word centers and their memories or feelings. When it comes to discussing feelings and emotions and senses together, girls tend to have an advantage, and they tend to have more interest in talking about these things.
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Blood Flow and Brain Activity
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While we are on the subject of emotional processing, another difference worth looking closely at is the activity difference between male and female brains. The female brain, in part thanks to far more natural blood flow throughout the brain at any given moment (more white matter processing), and because of a higher degree of blood flow in a concentration part of the brain called the cingulate gyrus, will often ruminate on and revisit emotional memories more than the male brain.”
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These strong attributes for women, more verbal centers, more connectivity to emotions and feelings, more rumination on emotional memories exacerbates Anxiety, Depression and PTSD.
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Statistics reveal women are twice as likely to have PTSD than men, except for war.
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We do not heal by connecting to emotional memories or ruminating on past traumas. We heal by not connecting to memories but by letting them go.
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Using more descriptive words to describe our fears, strengthens our trauma and fear.
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This is called dissociation, leaving this present moment to travel into memory, the past.
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Mindfulness balances some of these tendencies, making available a learned skill, capable of letting go, coming back to now.
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So women, be aware of your tendencies and refrain from dissociating into your past.
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2 responses to this post.

  1. That means women are less resistive to stress and depression?

  2. Basic neuroscience

    What fires together wires together

    Where we place attention grows

    Where we withhold fades

    Does not matter if we think it good bad or indifferent

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