So what happens after a traumatic event?

So being the inquisitive individual I am, I thought I would do some research into what a traumatic event can do to your brain or body. Such as how the accident, has made me feel like 2019 is not our year, and how emotional I get every time I think of the accident.

So research shows that the Brain areas implicated in the stress response include the amygdala, hippocampus, and prefrontal cortex. Traumatic stress can be associated with lasting changes in these brain areas. … In addition, patients with PTSD show increased cortisol and norepinephrine responses to stress.

When a traumatic event takes place in a persons life, adrenaline rushes through the body and the memory of the traumatic event is imprinted into the amygdala, which is part of the limbic system.

So the Amygdala is an almond-shape set of neurons located deep in the brain’s medial temporal lobe. Shown to play a key role in the processing of emotions.

The Hippocampus is a small organ located within the brain’s medial temporal lobe and forms an important part of the limbic system, the region that regulates emotions. The hippocampus is associated mainly with the memory, particularly long-term memory. The organ also plays an important role in spatial navigation.

(I know quiet a bit more about the hippocampus as I am currently studying Industrial Psychology and this was an important chapter in memory that I had to learn)

The Prefrontal Cortex is the cerebral cortex covering the front part of the frontal lobe. This brain region has been implicated in planning complex cognitive behavior, personality expression, decision making, and moderating social behavior.

So acknowledging this small but informative information, I can begin to understand why my thinking and emotions are the way that they currently are. It’s only natural to feel this way.

I think being diagnosed with Bipolar Mood Disorder and having a recent traumatic event taking place, and feeling the way I have been feeling is only normal. I will need to learn to embrace these feelings instead of fighting it.

I am fortunate to have a psychologist, that I get to see every week to discuss my emotions; to help me work through my feelings and help me understand the pain. I know there are people out there that can’t afford to see a therapist, and I really feel for those people. It’s bloody hard for me with a therapist, so for those who don’t have someone I can’t even wrap my mind around it.

I think that’s why we need to learn to open up to our friends and family, use them as a support system to help us understand our feelings. Sometimes just having someone listening to you is all you need to get pain and pressure off your chest (things that eat away at us slowly).

I know this blog has been a bit different to my normal ones, but this is what I actually intended my blog to do. It was created as a means for me to release my inner feelings but to also help people out at the same time.

Well guys and girls, I know the above gives us some things to think about and understand, so for now have a great day and this is me signing out for the day.

4 thoughts on “So what happens after a traumatic event?

    1. Hey Bruce S, you are correct. The Hippocampus plays an important role in the consolidation of information from Short-term memory to Long-term memory, and in spatial memory.

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  1. Interesting and also informative
    I found that theraphy through art one on one sessions with a councler help me deal with post traumatic stress. And I am not artistic at all but this helped me so much.

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    1. Hi Riana, I fully agree. Art is definitely a distraction, which helps our minds break free from our thoughts. I often enjoy coloring in on an app on my tablet, to distract myself from my own thoughts.

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