Can Anyone Help? Technical Info

18 Dec

Hey, as I’m sure most of you are aware, I’m currently developing an app for PTSD. I have one part that I’ve written that I need to know is technically correct. Please can anyone help or pass on to someone who can? This is the info:

Thanks for this I really appreciate it. This is the text:

“If you are in a life or death situation these changes can be beneficial, but what happens when you aren’t in danger but your brain perceives you to be? This is what happens in PTSD. Let’s get technical for a minute.

The reptilian section of our brain is responsible for the millisecond planning to choose between fight, flight or freeze. The amygdala is an almond shaped part of our brain that has a role in decision making and emotional regulation. Whilst research into what happens is in its infancy, this is what researchers believe happens in PTSD. When we have a flashback, the reaction starts in the amygdala and triggers a response in the hypothalamus. This area of our brain is responsible for releasing certain hormones and controls things such as body temperature, thirst, fatigue and sleep. The hormones that are released send the amygdala in to threat mode.

Normally the hippocampus, which is responsible for the time and sequence of events, allows us to see that the threat is not in the now and is just a memory. However, the amygdala takes over from this part of our brain when a threat is perceived and it feels like what is happening is in the present and we have the same flight, fight or freeze response. 

The hippocampus is also responsible for processing memories and, with PTSD, our memories haven’t been processed properly. It is like they are stuck there and so any trigger can bring this memory back very quickly.”

Any help would be grateful received. Many thanks. 


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  1. Aleks

    August 29, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Hi! I came across your blog in search of understanding and hope that there is life after a traumatic event like the one that happened to you…I am not a victim myself but an incident I heard of recently, an act of horrible cruelty triggered a deeply emotional reaction that I haven’t been able to shake off for the last few days…
    Regarding the post above I study to become an EFT practitioner and learnt about the mechanisms you’re describing above….anyway the post is old and I’m assuming you got your question answered…have you heard of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)? According to research it’s the most effective treatment for PTSD. Let me know if you’d like more information about it.

    • Female PTSD

      August 29, 2017 at 8:29 pm

      Hi there, thankyou. Yes thankfully it was answered. I have heard of eft and actually there is a section on the app about it too 🙂