PTSD causes THE BRAIN to BECOME ‘BLOCKED’ in ‘DANGER’ mode
~ Even after you’re no longer in danger, it stays on high alert ~
The Brain continues to send out stress (CORTISOL) signals ~ which lead to PTSD symptoms ~ ‘TRIGGERED’ BY A SIMILAR-PAST TRAUMATIC EVENT ~ CAUSING THE MIND IN AN ‘UNRESOLVED’ STATE
~(THIS IS NOT UNLIKE ~ the Science behind ‘Mortal Sin’)
Studies show that the part of the brain (hippocampus)~ that handles fear and emotion (the amygdala) is more active in people with PTSD.Feb 13, 2017
For people with PTSD, it is very common for their memories to be TRIGGERED by sights, sounds, smells or even feelings that they experience. These TRIGGERS can bring back memories of the trauma and cause INTENSE EMOTIONAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL & PHYSICAL reactions, such as raised heart rate, sweating and muscle tension, IRRITABILITY, ANGER ~ While PTSD (GUILT, MENTAL ILLNESS) develops differently in each veteran OR LIFE-ALTERING TRAUMA VICTIM) ~ there are four symptom clusters: Recurrent, intrusive reminders of the traumatic event, including distressing thoughts, nightmares & flashbacks where you feel like the event is happening again~
**READ MORE ~ PTSD in Military Veterans – HelpGuide.org
https://www.helpguide.org › articles › ptsd-trauma › ptsd-in-military-veterans
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder | Mental Health America
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On a Brain Scan, a person with PTSD may show a smaller hippocampus, increased amygdala function, or increased cortisol levels in response to stress, according to a report from the Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience~
Does PTSD Really Show Up on a Brain Scan? Ariana Grande’s …
** READ MORE ~ https://www.health.com›condition›ptsd›ariana-grande-brain-scan-ptsd
Summary: The Part of the Brain that helps Control Emotion ~ may be LARGER in people who develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after brain injury compared to those with a brain injury without PTSD, according to a new study. ~ Together, they help control emotion, memories, and behavior.Jul 11, 2017
PTSD may be physical and not only psychological: Brain’s emotional …
** READ MORE ~ https://www.sciencedaily.com › releases › 2017/07
Does trauma affect memory?
Physical trauma can greatly affect your memory, especially if brain damage occurs as a result of the injury ~ Severe injuries and physical trauma can also produce post-traumatic stress disorder, which can cause temporary memory loss to help a person cope with the traumatic event that caused the injury.Jan 13, 2010
** READ MORE ~ Trauma and Memory Loss – How Trauma Affects the Brain and …
https://casapalmera.com › blog › how-trauma-affects-your-memory
How important is FORGIVENESS to Mental Health & SPIRITUALITY?
~ Since our “thoughts (quantum particles) become things” — ‘CALLING them to ‘CONSCIOUSNESS allows them to be FORGIVEN & RE~ENCODED in a more positive ‘light’ in the Brain ~ then we are ultimately the CREATORS of the life circumstances we now find ourselves (BOTH POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE)
One common but mistaken belief is that forgiveness means letting the person who hurt you off the hook. Research has shown that forgiveness is linked to Mental Health outcomes such as reduced anxiety, depression and major psychiatric disorders, as well as with fewer physical health symptoms and lower mortality rates.
** Read More ~ Mindsight – Dr. Dan Siegel
https://www.drdansiegel.com › about › mindsight
~~ READ MORE ~Forgiveness can improve mental and physical health
https://www.apa.org › monitor › 2017/01 › ce-corner
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What Is Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? Can I Have It If I’ve …
~ Sebastian Junger on PTSD: ‘It’s coming home that’s actually the trauma’
We might think we have a basic understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD: Soldiers in battle see things they’d like to forget, but years later combat memories come back to haunt them. That’s the received wisdom. But perhaps we have it all wrong. Maybe it’s not the reminders of the fighting that cause post-traumatic stress so much as the void ex-combatants face when they leave the community of soldiers behind. By Joyce Hackel
** READ MORE Learn more at http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-05-13/ptsd-isnt-about-what-happens-battlefield-what-happens-back-home
We might think we have a basic understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD ~ Soldiers (or any Unresolved LIFE-ALTERING Trauma (divorce, life-altering illness, sudden death of a close sibling, being Bullied ) in battle see things they’d ‘like to forget’, but years later combat memories come back to haunt them. That’s the received wisdom.
** But perhaps ‘we have it all wrong’~
Maybe it’s not the ‘reminders of the fighting that cause Post-Traumatic Stress’ ~ so much as the void ex-combatants
~ (NOT UNLIKE SURVIVORS OF DIVORCE, LIFE ALTERING Physical & Mental Illness or sudden loss of a close loved one ~ ‘unresolved grief’) That they must face when they leave the community of soldiers behind & return to ‘normal life’~
That’s how journalist Sebastian Junger understands the anxieties of many former fighters, a topic he explored in the most recent issue of Vanity Fair.
“Weirdly, it’s COMING HOME IS THE ACTUAL TRAUMA OR ‘LIFE AFTER’ ANY LIFE ALTERING TRAUMA ~ (divorce…death of a close one or life altering illness”….
Junger says ~ “They come back from a very intimate, personal experience in their platoon, sleeping in groups, doing everything in groups.
We basically evolved as a species to live out our lives like that.’
** READ MOREN ONMortal Sin and the Christian Life
Understanding mortal sin can make the difference between life and death.
This is a critical topic to understand!
This article will tell you what mortal sin is. But this topic is so important, first we’d better look at why you should care deeply about it…
“How important is this?”
Mortal sin makes it impossible to follow Christ (with Guilt BLOCKING THE HIPPOCAMPUS & Access to the Prefrontal Thinking (the Mind of Christ)
Science ~ Empathic neural response
Neuroscientists have found that increased loving compassion can be measured in the living brain ~ While the participants were concentrating on being compassionate, the brain regions responsible for the processing of emotions were enhanced, compared with when they were at rest.Feb 6, 2014
8 Wonderful Psychological Effects of Being Compassionate – PsyBlog
https://www.spring.org.uk › 2014/02 › 8-wonderful-psychological-effects-of…
The very first step in the life of faith is to hear God’s call and answer with the response of faith. This is your response of initial conversion.
The second step is to become free of mortal sin.
Because mortal sin Causes Blockage in Hippocampus (access to the Autobiographical Memory (on the ‘Right Hand’ side of the Cerebral Cortex)is a refusal of God’s offer of live and love. It’s that simple. No matter how much you want to love God, no matter how strong you feel your budding faith life is…
… a single act of mortal sin is a bold declaration that you do not accept God’s love.
Mortal sin destroys charity in the heart of man by a grave violation of God’s law; it turns man away from God, who is his ultimate end and his beatitude, by preferring an inferior good to him…. Mortal sin is a radical possibility of human freedom, as is love itself. It results in the loss of charity and the privation of sanctifying grace, that is, of the state of grace. If it is not redeemed by repentance and God’s forgiveness, it causes exclusion from Christ’s kingdom and the eternal death of hell, for our freedom has the power to make choices for ever, with no turning back. (Catechism, 1855 & 1861)
READ MORE ON PTSD ~ (JUNGER)
According to Junger, the rates of long-term, chronic PTSD seem to be determined not so much by what happened in the war, but by whether soldiers ‘feels alienated once they return home’ & whether their community perceives ~ what he calls an ‘intuitive understanding of the conflict.’
That “shared public meaning,” Junger argues, is something Native Americam tribal fighters often had in centuries past.
“If you come back to a cohesive, tightly-knit society — to a communal existence with other people —
it really mitigates the effects of trauma,” Junger argues.
And in modern society, he says,
one place you can find that is in Israel.
Soldiers there face about a one percent chance of developing long-term post-traumatic stress, according to Junger, compared to the 20 percent risk faced by American soldiers.
Junger has made many trips to Afghanistan, including a year when he was embedded with an Army platoon in the notoriously dangerous Korengal Valley in the country’s east.
Two months after one of those visits, he experienced a panic attack in a New York subway. As a train approached the platform, he found himself pressed up against a metal column in terror.
“I felt out of control and besieged by chaotic forces,”
Junger says. “There were too many people, everything was too loud. The train was going too fast. I somehow thought the train was going to jump the rails & kill me. It was completely irrational and I knew it was irrational.”
It was only in hindsight that Junger recognized the incident as post-traumatic stress.
He says he’s gotten over that sort of trauma, but some soldiers NEVER DO.
Others who have experienced combat dearly miss the camaraderie of that time & Junger wasn’t surprised to learn why many former fighters think they have trouble sleeping after they return home.
“Even though they’re safe in their bedroom in their suburb, they actually feel more in danger than they did in Afghanistan,” he says, “because in Afghanistan they were sleeping in a big group of heavily armed men and that actually felt safer.”
Junger says it took him a few years to come to grips with his own experience in combat.
And he laments the lack of vocabulary to describe the difficulties of readjusting to civilian life. (or life after divorce, sudden loss of a close one or life altering illness)..
“They actually need a new word,” he says. “Something like ‘alienation disorder’ or ‘re-entry disorder.'”
Junger’s perspective that “PTSD isn’t so much about witnessing combat but about the transition home” is a bit controversial, so we asked veterans for their reactions to his views.
“Someone who believes that has never lived a flashback or gone through hours of hyper-alertness,” says Jared Johnson, who served in the 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq.
“Everything from driving at night, staring at the side of the road searching for IEDs or walking through crowded rooms searching for people’s eyes and constantly reaching for your weapon —
these are not symptoms of just transitioning home.
They are from living your life in a combat zone. ”
Julie Wilkinson says the emphasis on coming home doesn’t match her experience, either.
She served as a US Army military policewoman.
“I am a fully functioning citizen in society & a successful student and wife — that is to say I have transitioned quite well.
However, these aspects do not stop the anxiety or the flashbacks or the nightmares.”
US Army Cpt. Patrick Stallings was more open to Junger’s perspective. “I believe the most difficult part of dealing with PTSD begins at home, when the social support network you have overseas begins to unwind. The soldiers that you spent day in and day out with — and you trusted them with your life — and then you go your own way, and you’re back with your family. That’s when you’re forced and confronted with whatever emotional trouble you have, and there’s a lot of complicated feelings that you have to start dealing with.”
Mark, a US Army sergeant during the Gulf War, said “the horror of the images of war” is a substantial factor. “The nightmares especially play a huge part in many ways — lack of sleep, even the fear of going to sleep because I knew the nightmares would come, so I don’t agree with him completely,” he said. “One thing that bothered me the most at first was walking around without a weapon. I felt naked and vulnerable even though I knew in my head normal life in the world didn’t require me to be armed, it took a long time before I lost the anxiety associated with going about unarmed.”
Aaron from California, who served in the US Navy, points to roots for PTSD long before deployment. “We are broken in boot camp and retrained to be killing soldiers that follow orders and to follow a certain way of life. Now you want us to forget what we’ve been doing. Some can, some cannot. But we all suffer to some extent. It’s like releasing prisoners without any job training and expecting them to just automatically change their prison mindset.”
Several vets who preferred to remain anonymous found some grains of truth in Junger’s perspective.
“I think society plays a huge role on how much PTSD effects vets. When a vet comes home to see everyone going about their business without a care in the world, especially the war they sent us to, it becomes difficult to rationalize why you went in the first place,” one wrote.
And another: “When a soldier returns and realizes that his/her sacrifice was for a population that is indifferent and a government that has betrayed his loyalty, the whole thing spirals into the toilet.”
NOTE: This story was updated to include responses from members of our SMS community of veterans. If you’re a veteran OR A PERSON WHO HAS EXPERIENCED ANY LIFE ALTERING TRAUMA ~ who’s interested in taking part in our stories, text RETURN to 69866 to join the community.