You and how trauma affects YOUR Brain/Mind
You will have some trauma throughout your life.
It may help to know how it may affect your brain/mind so that you can maybe stay ahead of
the repercussions from that trauma.
There are different affects
Those are just 2 ways trauma can affect us but it affects your amygdala, which is an almond
shaped mass located deep in your inner brain:
Increases your arousal and autonomic responses associated with fear
Activates the release of stress hormones
Engages your emotional response
Decides what memories are stored and where they should be placed around the cortex
Applies feeling, tone an emotional charge to memory when strong emotional content remains connected to
connected to aa visceral experience
Next to the amygdala is the hippocampus that is responsible for the formation, organization, storage and retrieval of memories. Technically, it converts them from short-term to long-term, sending them into the appropriate parts of your outer brain for storage
storage and retrieval of memories. Technically, it converts them from short-term to long-term, sending them into the appropriate parts of your outer brain for storage
term, sending them into the appropriate parts of your outer brain for storage
Trauma, however hijacks this process; the hippocampus is prevented from transforming the memories from being properly integrated so that their effects dimish, n some cases when the hippocampus function is suppressed it has been shown to shrink.
memories from being properly integrated so that their effects dimish, n some cases when the hippocampus function is suppressed it has been shown to shrink.
hippocampus function is suppressed it has been shown to shrink.
Lastly, the prefrontal cortex located in the front, outer most layer of your brain contributes two important elements of recall:
two important elements of recall:
After trauma a few things can occur:
Your lower brain processes responsible for instinct and emotion override the
Inhibitory strength of the cortex so that the cortex cannot properly stop inappropriate
reactions or refocus your attention
Blood flow to the left prefrontal lobe can decrease, so you have less ability for language,
memory and other left lobe functions
Blood flow to your right prefrontal lobe can increase, so you experience more sorrow, sadness
When a traumatic event triggers our internal alarm system, the body goes into fight, flight, or
freeze and here is what Dan Siegel, MD says that there are two key chemical reactions to
trauma and know how trauma affects the brain an enhance our interventions better, and I
would say individually it would help us to recover quicker from trauma.
If there is childhood trauma it can lead the brain to be wired for fear.
Dr Bessel van der Kolk say that one can change the connections and activations in the brain.
But, I do believe that is easier said than actually done after any trauma, whether you are
young or old.
One of the things that can be done after trauma is neurofeedback, which can actually help
people rewire the wiring of their brain structures. Yoga may not cure after traumas but yoga
makes a substantial difference in the right direction.