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Updated: May 6, 2020

I just had to walk out of my psychology class because I just couldn’t take it anymore.

We were asked to discuss whether or not repressed memories are real or not.

I got really frustrated that we went a decade into the past of science and into huge victim blaming.

It has been PROVEN that repressed memory is an actual thing in trauma.

Let me give you the basic of Trauma:

“During a traumatic experience, the reptilian brain takes control, shifting the body into reactive mode. Shutting down all non-essential body and mind processes, the brain stem orchestrates survival mode. During this time the sympathetic nervous system increases stress hormones and prepares the body to fight, flee or freeze.

In a normal situation, when immediate threat ceases, the parasympathetic nervous system shifts the body into restorative mode. This process reduces stress hormones and allows the brain to shift back to the normal top-down structure of control.

However, for those 20 percent of trauma survivors who go on to develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) — an unmitigated experience of anxiety related to the past trauma — the shift from reactive to responsive mode never occurs. Instead, the reptilian brain, primed to threat and supported by dysregulated activity in significant brain structures, holds the survivor in a constant reactive state.” (Michele Rosenthal- Psyche Central)

I am very glad that law enforcement worldwide is starting to use trauma-informed interviews and professionals globally recognize the truth of trauma, the physical changes your brains go through in trauma, and the hard work healing requires.

So, the science says: yes, memory can be repressed in horrific trauma because your brain PHYSICALLY changes in order for you to stay alive. It is a survival mechanism of your frontal lobe and your amygdala. Recovery is possible. And yes, as with most other injuries, trauma CAN be healed. But the bottom line is, trauma is a physical brain injury. This is just a short breakdown of the complexity of trauma.

Perhaps I should go into neurology instead of law. Ugh. Stop victim blaming, start educating yourselves. Thank you. 

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