- the anterior cingulate gyrus (which regulates blood pressure and heart rate)
- the basal ganglia (involved in cognition, emotion, and movement)
- the thalamus (involved in sensory signaling and sleep)
- the hippocampus (responsible for conscious, story-like memory)
- the amygdala (the brain's alarm center)
- Benevolence of the World - the world is kind & caring & people generally have good intentions and don't intentionally harm others.
- Meaningfulness of the World - life makes sense and there is an underlying meaning to it all.
- Fairness & Justice - People generally get what they deserve. Good things come to good people
Having PTSD can lead to a lot of suffering. Many therapists are not aware of how trauma works in the brain because this research is relatively recent. Talk therapy alone will not take away the bodily reactions of PTSD. These days, there are effective treatments for PTSD, including EMDR and some types of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Since PTSD is a mind-body disorder, yoga or meditation may help as a supplement to therapy.