Neurologist, Dr. Lisa Shulman, describes the impact of grief and trauma on the brain in this article in Live Science. Through repeated stimulation of the limbic system, the seat of the body’s fight-or-flight response, we can become hypervigilant and highly sensitized to perceived threat. The good news is that therapy can help to calm these stress responses and “rewire” limbic reactivity to appropriate levels.
Tag: Fight or flight
This New York Times article, “Outsmarting our Primitive Responses to Fear”, provides an outline of our evolved fear response, often referred to as “fight or flight”. Take a look for ideas on how to help your response match the stimulus and get yourself out of the red zone when you don’t need to be there.