How our brain hides (and gets back) Memories of Childhood Trauma

How Your Brain Hides Painful Memories

Our brains have got distributed networks including cortex to store memories which can be consciously accessed to remember an event. When the mice were administered drugs they were in a different brain state and the stressful event primarily activated subcortical memory regions of the brain. The drug rerouted the processing of stress-related memories within the brain circuits so that they couldn’t be consciously accessed. That’s how traumatic memories are hidden away. 

Related: How Childhood Trauma Impacts our Physical, Emotional and Relational Health

The Brain Stations

Just like radio FM stations, our brains have got different frequency bands according to Principal researcher Dr Jelena Radulovic, a professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. 

He said, “It’s as if the brain is normally tuned to FM stations to access memories, but needs to be tuned to AM stations to access subconscious memories.”

The findings from the research on mice revealed that brains of some individuals who had traumatic experiences and stress don’t form memories the regular route. Instead, create inaccessible memories by turning on the extra-synaptic GABA system. 

It is one of the methods that our minds use to protect us from horror and stress we had just experienced. 

Dr Radulovic said that this study “could eventually lead to new treatments for patients with psychiatric disorders for whom conscious access to their traumatic memories is needed if they are to recover.”

The researchers conclude that trauma victims can receive psychological counselling or any medical help if their brains are returned to the same state of consciousness as when the memory was encoded.

Related: 3 Types Of Childhood Emotional Wounds That Keep You Stuck In Adult Life

No doubt, it would be a challenging task for victims to discover their childhood trauma and horrifying events in the past. Because you never thought or expected that it existed. But, that is the only way of healing childhood trauma. 

Else, your past will keep haunting you!

This is wonderful research which brings hope to people who cannot figure out what is holding them back in life.

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7 thoughts on “How our brain hides (and gets back) Memories of Childhood Trauma”

  1. The thought of using this for human therapy is concerning to me only because I do not believe our culture(s) are ready to properly or efficiently handle the backlash of people remembering their traumas. The amount of time and depth of therapy a person may need in order to cope with their re-awakened trauma can be devastating to their lives and/or the lives of those they love and live with and even those they work for. We can hardly handle the proper care of those who have no problem remembering their trauma, childhood or otherwise.

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