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Why can’t you just get over it? There could be a biological reason.

This question, while highly offensive when asked in the usual manner, deserves an answer. Those who suffer from PTSD day after day and year after year deserve answers.

Do you feel jumpy all the time? Find it impossible to get to sleep? Have recurring nightmares? Are you angry or irritable for no apparent reason? There’s a reason for that, and it has nothing to do with character flaws.

Below you’ll see brain scans of three different people:

– one who experienced trauma and developed PTSD (PTSD)
– one who experienced trauma and did not develop PTSD (TC)
– one who has not experienced trauma and does not have PTSD (HC)

PTSD Brain Courtesy Alexander Neumeister Positron emission tomography scans of the brain of a patient from the PTSD group, the trauma control group and the healthy control group. The brightness of the image corresponds to the level of CB1 receptors.
PTSD Brain
Courtesy Alexander Neumeister
Positron emission tomography scans of the brain of a patient from the PTSD group, the trauma control group and the healthy control group. The brightness of the image corresponds to the level of CB1 receptors.

It doesn’t take a neuroscientist to see the difference.

Recent PTSD research studies have now proven that there are significant changes in the brain related to PTSD, and these changes correlate with many symptoms such as anxiety, feeling disconnected, depressed, overwhelmed and hopeless.

There are so many reasons as to why you shouldn’t beat up on yourself for feeling the way you do. I hope that sharing this information gives you one more… and let’s you know just how STRONG you are.

Every time you overcome an anxiety attack, or wake up from a nightmare and persevere, or wipe your eyes and smile even though all you want to do is lay down and give up – you are overcoming so much more than you know.

You are proof that the human spirit is stronger than the human body. Own it, love it, and for the sake of yourself and those who live with PTSD… keep on living it.

Give yourself some credit, because frankly – you’re a miracle in progress.

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