The 3 Parts of Your Brain Affected by Trauma

An inside look at the traumatized brain, and how you can start to heal. Approximately 50 percent of the population will experience a traumatic event at some point in their lives.1 While reactions to trauma can vary widely, and not everyone will develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), trauma can change the brain in some predictable ways that everyone should be aware of, especially if you or someone close to you is struggling to cope after trauma. How Your Childhood Trauma Is Ruining Your Current Relationship With increased awareness, you can seek treatment to address your PTSD symptoms and learn skills that could actually rewire your brain for recovery. Additionally, knowing what’s going on can be immensely helpful because it may help you realize that you’re not crazy, irreversibly damaged, or a bad person. Instead, you can think of a traumatized brain as one that functions differently as a result of traumatic events. And just as your brain changed in response to your past experiences with the world, it can also change in response to your future experiences. In other words, the brain is “plastic,” and you can change it. Trauma can alter brain functioning in many ways, but three of the most important changes appear to occur in the following areas: The prefrontal cortex (PFC), known as the “Thinking Center.” The anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), known as the “Emotion Regulation Center.” The amygdala, known as the “Fea...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Brain and Behavior Disorders PTSD Publishers Trauma YourTango Amygdala Anterior Cingulate Cortex Dr. Jennifer Sweeton Mindfulness Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Prefrontal Cortex Psychotherapy Source Type: blogs

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Conditions:   Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic;   Substance Use Disorders Interventions:   Behavioral: Prolonged Exposure Therapy;   Behavioral: Cognitive Processing Therapy;   Behavioral: Present Centered Therapy Sponsors:   Center for Veterans Research and Education;   Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute;   Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center Not yet recruiting
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So far, the psychotherapeutic treatment of patients with trauma spectrum disorders has most commonly been based on a disease model in which the normal reaction to trauma results in negative emotions, cognitions and behaviour which, in turn, cause a patholo...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news
We report the study protocol of a pilot study funded under the South-Central Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center pilot study program from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This randomized, open-label study was designed to evaluate the feasibility of completing a randomized trial of quetiapine vs. treatment as usual to promote patient engagement in PTSD patients with a history of mTBI.DiscussionWe expect that the success of this ongoing study should provide us with the preliminary data necessary to design a full-scale randomized trial. Positive efficacy results in a full- scale trial should inform...
Source: Military Medical Research - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research
Abstract Substance use disorders (SUD) commonly co-occur with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, and the comorbidity is prevalent and difficult-to-treat. Few studies have objectively analyzed language use in psychotherapy as a predictor of treatment outcomes. We conducted a secondary analysis of patient language use during cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in a randomized clinical trial, comparing a novel, integrated CBT for PTSD/SUD with standard CBT for SUD. Participants included 37 treatment-seeking, predominantly African-American adults with SUD and at least four symptoms of PTSD. We analyzed tran...
Source: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Cogn Behav Ther Source Type: research
BACKGROUND: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) carries a high disease burden worldwide, yet significant barriers exist to providing and accessing treatment for PTSD, particularly in refugee populations and in low- and middle-income countries. There is e...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news
Although incarcerated women are a highly victimized population, therapy for sexual violence victimization (SVV) sequela is not routinely offered in prison. SHARE is a group therapy for SVV survivors that was successfully implemented and sustained in a wome...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news
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AbstractTo evaluate an implementation intervention to increase the uptake, referred to as reach, of two evidence-based psychotherapies (EBP) for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) PTSD specialty clinics. The implementation intervention was external facilitation guided by a toolkit that bundled strategies associated with high EBP reach in prior research. We used a prospective quasi-experimental design. The facilitator worked with local champions at two low-reach PTSD clinics. Each intervention PTSD clinic was matched to three control clinics. We compared the change in EBP reach from...
Source: Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
Conditions:   Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder;   Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Intervention:   Behavioral: Trauma-focused psychodynamic psychotherapy Sponsor:   Weill Medical College of Cornell University Recruiting
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