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Three Ways Trauma Affects Your Brain

We know that trauma affects the brain. Science has proven that. Yet, have you ever had someone say to you any of these things:

  • “PTSD isn’t real; it’s all in your head”
  • “Just get over it already!”
  • “Only veterans get PTSD”...

The science of PTSD, which we know now more than ever, should be shared with every trauma and PTSD survivor...

Fact #1:   During trauma your amygdala (an almond-shaped mass located deep in your inner your brain) is responsible for emotions and actions motivated by survival needs. In threatening situations it:

  • increases your arousal and autonomic responses associated with fear
  • activates…

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 Three Ways Trauma Affects Your Brain

The science of PTSD, which we know now more than ever, should be shared with every trauma and PTSD survivor. So, today, three important facts about how trauma affects the brain that every survivor should know - and share with those who don't understand...

Gateway to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Information

PTSD is a medical diagnosis, established in 1980, defining symptoms that last at least a month after experiencing a major trauma. These symptoms include remembering or reliving the trauma when you do not choose to; feeling numb and withdrawn; and, having forms of anxiety that interfere with daily life.

National Center for PTSD

The National Center for PTSD is dedicated to research and education on trauma and PTSD. We work to assure that the latest research findings help those exposed to trauma.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Alliance

The Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Alliance is a group of professional and advocacy organizations that have joined forces to provide educational resources to individuals diagnosed with PTSD and their loved ones; those at risk for developing PTSD; and medical, healthcare and other frontline professionals.

Trauma! A PTSD Blog

Blogging on PTSD from, the largest consumer mental health site, providing comprehensive, trusted information on psychological disorders and psychiatric medications from both a consumer and expert point of view.

American Psychological Association

PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is an anxiety problem that develops in some people after extremely traumatic events, such as combat, crime, an accident or natural disaster.

Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

The ASTSS provides a forum for extending the understanding, prevention and treatment of major stress and trauma within the Australasian region, and for promoting mental health, resilience and post-traumatic growth.

Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network

The Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief Network uses an ecological perspective to understand the effects of, and influences on, childhood adversity. Our recognition of the interdependence between the different settings and contexts in children's lives also informs the way we collaborate as Network Members.

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Anyone can get PTSD at any age. This includes war veterans and survivors of physical and sexual assault, abuse, accidents, disasters and many other traumatic events. Not everyone with PTSD has been through a dangerous event. Some people get PTSD after a friend or family member experiences danger or harm. The sudden, unexpected death of a loved one can also cause PTSD.

Generally, symptoms of PTSD can occur when a person re-experiences the traumatic event, tries to avoid thinking about the event, or is experiencing high levels of anxiety related to the event.

European Society for Trauma and Dissociation

Aims of the ESTD: -To promote an increase in the knowledge of Trauma, Dissociation and all disorders related to chronic traumatization. -To provide professional and public education about dissociation, trauma and trauma related disorders. -To support communication and cooperation among clinicians and other professionals in the field of dissociation and trauma. -To stimulate national and international research projects. -To provide knowledge and education specifically to those countries in Europe who do not have easy access in this field.

European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

-ESTSS seeks to ensure that clinical research and policy practices in the field of psychotraumatology are informed by evidence systematically gathered and publicly scrutinised. -ESTSS seeks to ensure continued prominence is given to all aspects of traumatic stress and its many repercussions. -ESTSS seeks to promote networking between individuals and organisations within the field of psychotraumatology.

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation

Welcome to the premier organization for clinical teaching about complex trauma and dissociation. ISSTD seeks to advance clinical, scientific, and societal understanding about the prevalence and consequences of chronic trauma and dissociation.

Journal of Trauma & Dissociation

The Journal of Trauma & Dissociation is the official journal of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. The journal is dedicated to publishing peer-reviewed scientific literature on dissociation, the dissociative disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, psychological trauma and its sequelae, and on aspect of memory associated with trauma and dissociation.

Journal of Traumatic Stress

Journal of Traumatic Stress (JTS) is published for the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Journal of Traumatic Stress, the official publication for the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, is an interdisciplinary forum for the publication of peer-reviewed original papers on biopsychosocial aspects of trauma. Papers focus on theoretical formulations, research, treatment, prevention education/training, and legal and policy concerns.

Make The Connection

Hear honest and candid descriptions from Veterans of what life was like for them with PTSD. A variety of Veterans–men and women, younger and older–share their emotions, actions, and symptoms; how they learned they had PTSD; and what they did to get on a path to recovery.

National Institute of Mental Health

PTSD was first brought to public attention in relation to war veterans, but it can result from a variety of traumatic incidents, such as mugging, rape, torture, being kidnapped or held captive, child abuse, car accidents, train wrecks, plane crashes, bombings, or natural disasters such as floods or earthquakes.


PTSD can occur at any age, including childhood. The disorder can be accompanied by depression, substance abuse, or anxiety. Symptoms may be mild or severe -- people may become easily irritated or have violent outbursts.

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced (directly or indirectly) or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, or rape or other violent personal assault. PTSD is a real illness that causes real suffering.

Psychology Today

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychological reaction that occurs after an extremely stressful event, such as physical violence or military combat. Those suffering from PTSD have recurring memories of the stressful event and are anxious or scared even in the absence of danger. Flashbacks and nightmares are common symptoms as well.

These Trauma Pages focus primarily on emotional trauma and traumatic stress, including PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder) and dissociation, whether following individual traumatic experience(s) or a large-scale disaster. The purpose of this award winning site is to provide information for clinicians and researchers in the traumatic-stress field.


Untreated PTSD can have devastating, far-reaching consequences for sufferers' medical and emotional functioning and relationships, their families, and for society. Children with PTSD can experience significantly negative effects on their social and emotional development, as well as their ability to learn.


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