Stress, anxiety and even depression all cause damage and they happen when people get overwhelmed.
There may be a build up of months or even years of too much pressure, or it may be because of something sudden and dreadful that happens. Either way it becomes a trauma.
It’s a bit like blowing up a balloon, if get bigger and bigger and unless the stress is let out it bursts. With a slow build up of overwork, caring for someone needy or even the wrong input from a difficult neighbour or family member, you need regular breaks or else you reach bursting point.
What actually happens in your brain is completely automatic, you release stress hormones that bypass the hippocampus – that part of your brain that sorts information and acts as a librarian and files it – and that affects so your memory storage. Just imagine a library or even Google with no search terms or filing! You also get several physical effects- increased heart rate and blood pressure preparing your body to be able to run from or fight the problem.
Prolonged and even sudden very severe stress is physically harmful; it decreases the number of neurones in the hippocampus, which is obviously not helpful. The difficult and traumatic memories are not stored and remain current leaving us with ongoing worries.
None of this happens consciously so your conscious or cognitive mind can’t deal with it or reverse it. This reaction happens deep in your brain stem and successful treatment happens at an unconscious level.
You need to unlearn your nervous systems response to the trauma and that requires you working with your unconscious mind. It can’t be done logically.
I am much more that just a hypnotherapist. I started my working life as a neurophysiologist and more recently went back to my roots in neurophysiology with additional training in trauma therapy so that I am able to help clients to use their unconscious mind so that they can unlearn things and file those memories properly. That allows you to feel safe.