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What trauma does to you: Muscle Armoring

Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash We're always tense, always on guard, those of us with CPTSD. Braced. Tight. Clenched. Muscle armoring goes along with hypervigilance. The body is perpetually preparing for flight, preparing to fight, or stuck in freeze. There's often pain when the muscles are constantly tensed and overworked. There can also be body imbalances, fibromyalgia,… Continue reading What trauma does to you: Muscle Armoring

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Tips for Breaking Generational Cycles, Part Four

This will be painful. These abusive behaviors travel through families until someone makes the decision to feel the pain. That is part of stopping the cycle. You will survive it and a good trauma therapist or group can make it easier to bear. Consult with a psychiatrist about an anti-depressant. I found that bupropion (generic… Continue reading Tips for Breaking Generational Cycles, Part Four

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What Trauma Does To You: The Hippocampus

Photo by Chris Sabor on Unsplash The hippocampus is part of the limbic system. It is roughly the shape of a seahorse and, as with the amygdalae, there is one in each temporal lobe in the middle bottom of the brain and they are about the size of your thumbs. Wikimedia Commons CC-BY-SA Professor Laszlo Seress Stress affects… Continue reading What Trauma Does To You: The Hippocampus

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Series: What Trauma Does To You, The Amygdala

Photo by Arwan Sutanto on Unsplash Complex PTSD results from prolonged or chronic traumatic exposure as is the case with child abuse. For a child, there's no viable escape and the people who are supposed to love, protect, and care for the child... don't. Most child abuse includes just enough carrots - good times - to be utterly… Continue reading Series: What Trauma Does To You, The Amygdala