In Pt 1 of this series, I will review in detail HOW TRAUMA GETS TRAPPED IN THE BODY and explain how BRAIN MIND AND BODY WORK TOGETHER in the HEALING OF TRAUMA. Through neuroscience trauma research, we now know “the body keeps the score” of our memories and traumatic experiences. Trauma changes the brain’s limbic system and other structures; traumatic memories differ from ordinary memories, leaving imprints with long-term physical and psychological consequences, resulting in symptoms of PTSD including dissociation, derealization, emotional numbing, flashbacks, hypervigilance, and past/present time confusion. In this video, I will explain the ways in which our brain systems are set up to help us survive in a sometimes dangerous world and how those systems can go haywire resulting in pathological symptoms. Understanding the basis of post-traumatic symptoms is critical to finding the right treatment and ultimately fundamental to healing. In Part 2, I discuss trauma treatment including hypnosis for trauma, mindfulness, yoga, EMDR, DBT, somatic therapies, medications, and other approaches. Some therapies such as neurofeedback and EMDR are controversial while others, such as mindfulness, writing, and touch are more widely accepted. Hypnosis for trauma, while less popular in the modern era, has shown significant promise as a way to assist in relaxation while exploring triggers and the more troubling traumatic memories for some individuals.
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National Sexual Assault Hotline (online.rainn.org)
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