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Ptsd how

ellie2000ellie2000 Posts: 3,890 Community Veteran
edited August 2023 in Health & Wellbeing
How does the person tht interview u tht they can tell u hav ptsd. Was it I was looking at the flowers wen she was tlkn?

Also wats a facalty
Crazy mad insane

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  • ellie2000ellie2000 Posts: 3,890 Community Veteran
    Why does ptsd make ppl want to flee from where they r even though they're in a safe environment? How can u not b effected by it? Wen tht person goes off?
    Crazy mad insane
  • JustVJustV Community Manager Posts: 5,212 Part of The Furniture
    edited August 2023
    @ellie2000 have you heard of fight or flight?

    When we're in danger, our brains go into survival mode. We feel scared, our heart starts racing, a lot of adrenaline goes through our system, and we become very alert. We get ready to run away or fight the threat. That's good when we're in danger - those things keep us safe.

    PTSD is our brain trying to protect us from a threat that used to exist, but doesn't anymore.

    A good example of this is soldiers who return home from war. When they're bombed and shot at, they learn to associate loud noises with life-threatening danger. That's good when they're at war - it keeps them alive! But when they get home, other loud noises that might be harmless trigger the same response. For example, if there's a thunderstorm or fireworks going off, their brain goes "crap, people are trying to kill us!" and boom they're back in survival mode. All those feelings of adrenaline, fear, terror, and thinking they might die come flooding back. They get ready to protect themselves.

    So even if you're in a safe environment, the associations you've made through trauma experiences can completely take over and make you want to run away.

    The 'fight or flight' part of our brain is VERY old, way back from when we were apes. Think of it as your monkey brain doing its best to keep you safe, but getting it a bit wrong!
    How can u not b effected by it? Wen tht person goes off?
    It takes a lot of work to manage or recover from PTSD. It usually involves therapy, a lot of time, and having supportive people in your life. :)
    All behaviour is a need trying to be met.
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