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Why PTSD makes you feel so out of control


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Someone with a healthy regulation system follows the yellow activation pattern:

A) starts with a calm baseline
B) gets activated without being out of control
C) does not remain at peak very long
D) starts calming relatively quickly
E) is back at baseline after establishing he or she is no longer in danger

Someone whose sympathetic response has been dysregulated by trauma will follow the red:

A) starts with a higher baseline due to being hyper vigilant—his brain is looking for anything that might even RESEMBLE danger
B) will spike extremely high and will leave her window of tolerance,

One thought on “Why PTSD makes you feel so out of control

  • December 2, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Nice and short and to the point! An important read!

    “Someone whose sympathetic response has been dysregulated by trauma will follow the red:”

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