PTSD Changes the Brain

PTSD treatment in Wilmington, NCWe know that PTSD is a mental health condition that is overwhelming and difficult to cope with. It is caused by a dramatic experience that leads to mental scars that can affect someone for a lifetime. For the best PTSD treatment in Wilmington, NC, only Legacy can help. Call us right now.

Believe it or not, post traumatic stress disorder actually changes your brain. Because emotional wounds come from PTSD, it's not like a physical wound. Physical scars can heal. Emotional ones do not.

According to, "After any type of trauma (from combat to car accidents, natural disasters to domestic violence, sexual assault to child abuse), the brain and body change. Every cell records memories and every embedded, trauma-related neuropathway has the opportunity to repeatedly reactivate. Sometimes the alterations these imprints create are transitory, the small glitch of disruptive dreams and moods that subside in a few weeks. In other situations, the changes evolve into readily apparent symptoms that impair function and present in ways that interfere with jobs, friendships and relationships."

There are three parts to your brain. The first part is your brain stem. This is called the reptilian brain. It is responsible for your body processes and survival instincts. The next part is your midbrain, also called mammalian. That part of the brain is responsible for processing emotions and also sensory relay. The third part of your brain is the cortex or forebrain. Called neomammalian, this part of the brain is highly evolved and controls your learning, memory, decision-making, cognitive, and inhibitory functions.

When experiencing a traumatic experience, the reptilian part of your brain takes over. This causes your body to react and shuts down anything that's not necessary for body or mind processing. Essentially, the brain stem goes into survival mode. In addition, the sympathetic nervous system causes your body to make more stress hormones than normal and prepares you for fight or flight as well as the possibility of going into a freeze mode.

In situations where a threat has passed, without turning into a traumatic experience, your body and mind go into a restoration mode. It reduces stress hormones and allows your brain to go back to normal.

Unfortunately, when a traumatic experience is at hand, you do not go into the responsive mode. Instead, the reptilian part of your brain stays on alert and causes significant brain changes. From that point on, the survivor is in a constant state of reactiveness.

After the initial experience, PTSD sets in and causes flashbacks, triggers, and other symptoms when your brain remembers the activity that caused a threat. To learn more about symptoms and signs of PTSD, visit with our next blog post.

If you, or someone you love, are experiencing PTSD please know that help is available. Legacy Freedom can help. We can work with you so that you understand all the symptoms as well as how to treat this mental disorder.

Quality PTSD Treatment in Wilmington, NC

Do you find yourself constantly flashing back to trauma that was experienced at some point in your life? Is it becoming worse as time goes on? If so, it's time to consider holistic PTSD treatment in Wilmington, NC. At Legacy, we are here to help with holistic and alternative anxiety and PTSD therapy. We can help you find the root cause of your mental illness and also help you treat and recover from it. Learning to cope with a mental illness alone is difficult and overwhelming. However, you don't have to suffer alone. Contact Legacy of Wilmington, NC for more information.

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