WHAT IS TRAUMA
Trauma is characterized by feelings of intense fear, helplessness, loss of control, and threat of annihilation. Traumatic events often produce profound and lasting changes in physiological arousal, emotion, cognition, and memory. Traumatic reactions are normal responses to abnormal situations.
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TRAUMA AND THE BRAIN
Trauma changes the structure of the brain. Pathways in the brain can be disrupted by exposure to trauma, which causes some survivors' brain to be altered forever. When the experience of trauma, which causes some trauma is chronic, the brain continuously responds as if it is under stress by preparing body for fight, flight, or freeze even thought the actual traumatic event has ended.
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