recycling memories and traumas

As trauma researcher Bessel Van der Kolk (2014) explains in his book The Body Keeps The Score, “The trauma may be over, but it keeps being replayed in continually recycling memories and in a reorganized nervous system” (p. 175).

Long after the traumatic event, the reorganized nervous system keeps pumping out stress hormones in response to real or imagined threats, which results in physical, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral problems.

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