The Structure of Traumatic Memories

For over 100 years, the nature of trauma and its effects on psychiatric disorders has been studied. Recently, because of advances in brain neuroimaging, we are able to verify and specify much of the architecture of the human brain, highlighting the importance of an understanding of memory and traumatic memory. The study of traumatic memory leads us to examine its possible etiology in a range of disorders including Dissociative Disorders, Mood Disorders, and Traumatic Disorders. We find that the architecture of our mammalian neurobiology both supports and predicts the symptomatology of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other disorders which have unintegrated traumatic memories as an underlying factor. Additionally, the limitations of talk therapy and the need for treatment modalities of integration indicate and support the overall approach of both Adler‘s Individual Psychology and Shapiro‘s Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing therapy.

Timothy Francisco
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