Healing The Brain After Trauma. The good news is that the changes in the brain can be reversed. The amygdala can learn to relax again; the hippocampus can resume proper memory consolidation, and the nervous system can heal to flow between the reactive and restorative modes again.
Brain retraining programs incorporate various mental exercises and techniques designed to eliminate dysfunction of the limbic system, and amygdala in particular, believed to be at the root of chronic illnesses including multiple chemical sensitivity, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.
The amygdala are a pair of small, almond-shaped clusters of nuclei near the base of your brain. The function of the amygdala is that it assesses the emotional significance of things that happen in your environment, and in particular it assesses whether or not something in your environment is a threat to you.
Your brain can change and heal when you sensitize the amygdala. No, it's not brain surgery. In fact, the more pleasant the process, the better. Find out how.
The answer lies in the Amygdala. The amygdala is a tiny, almond shaped structure deep inside the emotional part of your brain (the limbic system). To understand why the amygdala does what it does, we need a little basic information about why the emotional brain does what it does.
The amygdala is also involved in memory consolidation, which is transferring memories from short-term storage into long-term storage between different parts of the brain. Brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, and hormones, especially those produced by the adrenal glands, are closely associated with amygdala function.
I recently posted an entry about a new study taking place at Rutgers University. The post describes how researchers have found the small cluster of cells inside the brains amygdala that directly controls fear and anxiety. As a result of writing about that I wanted to evaluate the amygdala itself.
What happens to the negative memories of the Amygdala? They become our individual nightmare, the invisible conditioning of all our actions, the blind spot of our lives, the unknown reason why we do what we do even when we do not know why we do it. The Amygdala bypasses all of our intelligence and rational systems and acts, in our name, on its own.
The amygdala works like an emotional gage in the limbic system. Under normal conditions, when a person perceives a threat, the amygdala relays this information up to the cerebral cortex for processing. The cortex then assesses the threat and decides how to handle it. Once handled, the brain's system resets to normal.
Emotional neurocircuitry . . . . . . it’s how the brain is wired for emotions. But in the brain of a person with PTSD, emotional distress could physically (and perhaps even visibly) change the neurocircuitry. In a normal brain, the interaction between the hippocampus and the amygdala is important for processing emotional memory. It’s […]