Trauma experiences change the brain even in those without PTSD
Trauma may cause distinct and long-lasting effects even in people who do not develop PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), according to research. It is already known that stress affects brain function and may lead to PTSD, but until now the underlying brain networks have proven elusive.
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I am 55 years old and was raped by my recruiter in 1975 the night beorfe I went to boot camp for the US Navy.I lived 36 years with PTSD, anxiety, panic, depression. My civilian doctor insisted that I needed counseling and more help than she could provide, medications were not helping. I would wind up in the Emergency Room at least 4 times a year with severe panic attacks even being held overnight in the Coronory Care Unit because they were so sure I was having heart problems.I contacted the VA finally in October of 2011. This is when my nightmare became worse. Their programs for veterans is a JOKE!I am so sorry I ever contacted them I have become so much worse and retraumatized since entering this Twilight Zone of so called help.I have relinquished myself to the fact that I will live the rest of my life just as I have the past 36 years if not worse now.
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