A traumatic experience can actually be stored in your brain incorrectly. This is why symptoms like flashbacks, nightmares and getting triggered by certain sounds, smells, etc. can occur. Certain structures of your brain can become physically altered after a traumatic experience. This may include:
The hippocampus shrinks
This is the part of your brain that controls memories. When it shrinks due to traumatic experience, you may have difficulty separating the present time from trauma time. That’s why flashbacks happen.
The amygdala becomes overactive
This is the part of your brain that controls fear and aggression. It helps us process difficult emotions. If a trauma gets stored incorrectly,