Implicit memories bring intrusive thoughts

How do we define PTSD fear?

Our fight or flight mechanism firing is what we think of normal fear.

Cortisol, adrenaline gets dumped into our bloodstream along with bp, heart rate, and respiration increasing.

That deep thud in our solar plexus freezes us temporarily.

Some of PTSD fear uses the same mechanism when a trigger fires.

Other PTSD fears are more abstract, they are connected to past violent trauma

I think these are implicit memories, subconscious and abstract.

“Implicit memory relies on structures in our brain that are fully developed before we are born. Because it’s an unconscious, bodily memory, when it gets triggered in the present, it does not seem like it’s coming from the past.

Instead, it feels like it’s happening now.

Thus, we react as if we are back in the original situation.”

From These Invisible Memories Shape Our Lives
Lisa Firestone, Ph.D.

This is why PTSD feels so alive, so ever-present.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by rudid96 on October 4, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    I don’t think EMDR is a good personal choice for me. Though my head knows the difference between now and then, my body memories are too strong and take over. I cannot regulate and run the real risk of SH or suicide. I work with a therapist, and she agrees. I’ve now included working with a somatic coach to help move forward. She’s utilizing Interoception. If perhaps anyone is interested, I’m sharing the title of an article and a link that explains its benefits in working with trauma.
    Interoception & Trauma: The Latest Science on Healing

  2. I have done tons of somatic work using mediation

    Lots of introception

    It has all ignited again

  3. Posted by Anonymous on October 4, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    Unless this is chemically driven, I’m wondering what changed to create this current reigniting. If you were successful at soothing some of those demons before something will work again. But what?

  4. First it was a blood pressure medicine that sent my nervous system in crisis

    Old age, injuries, quarantine and old trauma breaking lose has ignited all my traumas recently

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