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Can Anyone Help? Technical Info

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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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