PTSD: A New Understanding

Pixabay: Englund

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Summary: The Body Keeps the Score

Technology has shown that trauma has a physical effect on the brain.

It is not simply an event that happened in the past, but an event that has created an imprint in the brain and on the body.

Trauma reorganizes how perceptions are managed by the brain.

The trauma changes how people think, what they think about, and their ability to think.

Telling the story does not change the body’s automatic responses of hypervigilance, preparing to be attacked at any time.

In order to experience real change, the body has to learn that the threat of danger has passed to be able to live in the present reality.

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