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Decision-making and reasoning

Each hemisphere has four sections, called lobes: frontal, parietal, temporal and occipital. Each lobe controls specific functions. For example, the frontal lobe controls personality, decision–making and reasoning, while the temporal lobe controls, memory, speech, and sense of smell. The frontal lobes are important for voluntary movement, expressive language and for managing higher level executive functions. Executive functions refer […]

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How effective is EMDR therapy?

Multiple independent and controlled studies have shown that EMDR therapy is an effective treatment for PTSD. It’s even one of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ strongly recommended options to treat PTSD. A 2012 study of 22 people found that EMDR therapy helped 77 percent of the individuals with psychotic disorder and PTSD. It found that their hallucinations, delusions, […]

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EMDR Therapy

EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization And ReProcessing Therapy is based on the theory that painful memories remain unprocessed in our memory and that neurological changes done through eye movement can assist the patient in recovering . A number of studies have demonstrated that EMDR can alleviate symptoms more rapidly than talk therapy alone. The patient usually […]

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Dissociation and avoidance behaviors

Dissociation and avoidance behaviorsDissociation is the essence of trauma. The traumatic experience is split off and fragmented so that the emotions, sounds, images, thoughts, and physical sensations enter and are re-experienced in the present. These people react to even the smallest irritations as if they are being annihilated and cannot understand why. A common reaction […]

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Panic Attacks

Other common symptoms or effects of trauma are: Flashbacks and projectionThe traumatic event had a beginning, a middle, and an end. But flashbacks can be even worse: You never know when they will occur or how long they will last. Traumatized people often “project” their trauma onto people and everyday situations, seeing risks and dangers […]

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Imagination

A distinct lack of imagination has been noted in traumatized individuals. When they are compulsively and constantly pulled into the past, they cannot imagine any other future. Imagination, however, is essential to our quality of life. It inspires our creativity, relieves our boredom, eases our pain, enhances our pleasure, and enriches our most intimate relationships. […]

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Trauma becomes physical symptoms

When people are chronically angry or frightened, the constant muscle tension eventually leads to cramps, back pain, migraines, fibromyalgia, and other types of pain. Other common conditions that often have no clear physical cause include chronic neck pain, digestive problems, spastic colon/irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue, and some forms of asthma. Traumatized children have a […]

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Sympathetic nervous system

Your parasympathetic systems oversee the relaxation response – which is also known as the calming response or the regenerative response. All healing takes place in this restorative system. Blood pressure drops, heart rate goes down, blood sugar regulates, heart rate variability (HRV) goes up, and immune function strengthens. That’s why it’s extremely important to create […]

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Nervous System

The speed at which your nervous system processes all of this environmental information is lightning quick. This is why you so often feel like your mental and emotional state is out of your control. This is what leads to an overactive sympathetic nervous system.

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Learn how to activate parasympathetic nervous system

When the parasympathetic nervous system is activated, it produces a calm and relaxed feeling in the mind and body. People can learn to trigger their parasympathetic nervous system to immediately reduce their sense of anxiety and stress. Everything you perceive through your senses – everything you can see, hear, taste, smell, intuit, and touch is […]

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