Traumatic memories are stored differently in the brain.
The amygdala, a crucial part of the brain involved in emotional processing, plays a key role in the body's response to trauma.
However, in the aftermath of trauma, the amygdala can become overly sensitive, leading to a persistent state of heightened alertness.
When a traumatic event occurs, the amygdala triggers a heightened state of alert, activating the body's fight-or-flight response.
This reaction is essential for survival, as it prepares the body to respond to immediate threats.
This heightened sensitivity can cause the individual to react intensely to memories, triggers, or situations that resemble the original traumatic event, even when there is no present danger.
As a result, the amygdala’s heightened reactivity can contribute to the ongoing symptoms of trauma-related disorders, such as PTSD, where the brain remains in a vigilant, often overreactive state, long after the actual threat has passed.