The Treatment of Trauma: Talk About It

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Below is a good outline of trauma and how to manage this medical condition, of the brain and body.

“Children and adolescents become traumatized when they are repeatedly exposed to negative experiences that are intense enough to trigger an alarm response or another strong reaction of the defense cascade. The consequences are particularly devastating for mental health if the pain and fear are caused by the attachment figure, because caregivers are meant to provide the opposite of this: safety, reassurance, and calm.” Continue reading

“Key regulatory effects of Oxytocin animal and human behavior include promotion of facial recognition and maternal nurturing, control of anxiety, and regulation of spatial memory.”

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At delivery, an Oxt surge in the maternal bloodstream promotes labor and subsequent lactation. The circulating Oxt reaches the fetal brain, where it regulates the developmental switch of GABAergic signaling from excitation to inhibition…early blockade of Oxt signaling affects the development of synaptic wiring in the brain and leads to lifelong consequences, including neuropsychiatric diseases… Continue reading

“you are born with more neurons than you’ll ever have again, and one of the most important developmental processes is “synaptic refinement” – pruning away some of the connections to ensure your brain is working efficiently.”

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