This image depicts the brain of someone who does sense danger. This threat response can be triggered by not only experiencing trauma, but also by the threat/fear of trauma, a memory of a traumatic event, flashback or nightmare. Colour the amygdala (the section with dots) red. The amygdala is part of our threat response system and helps to keep us safe by going into alarm mode when danger is perceived. Once the amygdala triggers a threat response, our hippocampus will encode/store away memories without the correct contextual information of time, place etc. These memories may become “flashbacks” which feels to the survivor as though the trauma is currently happening.
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