Avoid Memory Distorting Through Trauma Treatment
Our memories represent our paths through life that have made us who we are. They are an essential part of shaping our personality, emotions, and relationships.
While our memories are not perfect reconstructions of our past, they provide us with an understanding of our life, personal history and growth.Unfortunately, there are times in our lives when we experience a traumatic event and need to seek trauma treatment. Experiencing a traumatic event can be detrimental to a person’s mental well-being. They often haunt our memories, making it difficult to live a happy and healthy life. A recent article by Psychology Today explains memory distorting and how it can increase post-traumatic stress and create poor mental health.
Processing traumatic events can lead to actively imagining new details or experiencing intrusive thoughts. This can then lead to developing a familiarity to new details which becomes so dominate people begin to recognize them as a part of their own genuine memory. In result to this, people often end up experiencing a growth in traumatic memories. This is memory distortion. Talking about trauma through trauma treatment can reduce memory distortion.
Ph.D. Nathan Lents states that “traumatic memory distortion appears to follow a particular pattern: people tend to remember experiencing even more trauma than they actually did. Due to this, it can result to a greater severity of symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).” Over-remembered trauma can be a hindrance on a person’s life. Without trauma treatment, it is suggested to lead to a decrease in mental health.
The Theory Behind PTSD and Memory Distortion
Psychology Today believes that PTSD memory distortion may be caused by a flood of emotion and cognitive disagreement that evolve from traumatic events. This flood of emotions overloads the brains processing center necessary to stimulate memory formation. Without the brains ability to create this distinct stimulation, the brain attempts to close the gap with additional elements, real or imagined. If you are suffering from a recent trauma, there are multiple trauma treatments available to help.
Solstice East can help
Solstice East is a residential treatment center for girls, ages 14 to 18, grappling with anxiety, trauma, depression, and other emotional or behavioral issues. We strive to help our girls lead themselves back onto a path of health and happiness.
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