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Unpicking Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

For a trauma to be encoded in our brain a few elements need to be present. Firstly, there needs to be the event itself coupled with what is known as a vulnerable landscape in the brain (determined by environmental factors we have been exposed to throughout life). We then need to perceive the event subconsciously as being both threatening and inescapable. Where these conditions are present, the trauma will be encoded and sit on a neuron in the brain waiting to be triggered, almost like a live landmine would wait silently in the field until its disturbed.

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