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Effect of trauma on the brain

Published on Nov 02, 2023 04:18 PM IST
  • From setting off the alarm system in the brain to detecting the environment as unsafe, here are a few ways by which trauma can affect brain.
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Trauma has a significant effect on the brain. Especially when trauma is not resolved, it can impact the functioning of the brain. "Unresolved trauma affects our brains in a variety of ways. Even at baseline, people with PTSD are constantly on the defensive. Their brains are ready to fight, flight or freeze and this is often with no warning," wrote Therapist Andrea Evgeniou. Here are a few effects of trauma on the brain.(Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Nov 02, 2023 04:18 PM IST

Trauma has a significant effect on the brain. Especially when trauma is not resolved, it can impact the functioning of the brain. "Unresolved trauma affects our brains in a variety of ways. Even at baseline, people with PTSD are constantly on the defensive. Their brains are ready to fight, flight or freeze and this is often with no warning," wrote Therapist Andrea Evgeniou. Here are a few effects of trauma on the brain.(Unsplash)

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We often feel that we are in a reactive state – this happens because the nervous system keeps detecting the environment as unsafe and dangerous. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Nov 02, 2023 04:18 PM IST

We often feel that we are in a reactive state – this happens because the nervous system keeps detecting the environment as unsafe and dangerous. (Unsplash)

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Flashbacks of traumatic events set off the same chemicals in the brain as those of the original event. Hence traumatic flashbacks can feel like we are experiencing the event all over again. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Flashbacks of traumatic events set off the same chemicals in the brain as those of the original event. Hence traumatic flashbacks can feel like we are experiencing the event all over again. (Unsplash)

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The brain often feels chronic stress because of the constant stress of suppressing inner pain. This can lead to health issues. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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The brain often feels chronic stress because of the constant stress of suppressing inner pain. This can lead to health issues. (Unsplash)

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Simple sights and sound can set off the alarm system in the brain, because of the traumatic memories stored in the brain. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Simple sights and sound can set off the alarm system in the brain, because of the traumatic memories stored in the brain. (Unsplash)

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Triggers can activate the right side of the brain, deactivating the left side which is responsible for logic and reasoning. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Triggers can activate the right side of the brain, deactivating the left side which is responsible for logic and reasoning. (Unsplash)

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