How the Brain Encodes Traumatic Memories –  Mind Lift

How the Brain Encodes Traumatic Memories – Mind Lift


Encoding a trauma As we move through life, the way we experience
the world around us is through our senses. We use what we hear, what we see,
what we smell, what we touch and what we taste to develop our perceptions, observations,
inferences, and reactions to everything we interact with. As this takes place, our brain is engaged
in an incredibly compelling manner while we use all of our senses.
When we have an experience, the brain will encode the information as ‘traumatic’
when four conditions are met: event, meaning, landschape, and inescapability. These are the foundations by which a series
of chemical reactions take place within our bodies and our brains that help us to encode, handle
and weather a traumatic experience. To use an example, let’s say
your body experiences a physical event that belies the onset of trauma.
The moment the trauma starts a 100 Hz high-frequency incoming Gamma wave
is generated by the trauma. In your brain, the excitatory
neurotransmitter, Glutamate is released and ‘excites’ pathways in the limbic system
— including helping to activate chemical responses and neurons in the amygdala.
In particular, specific glutamate receptors called ampa-receptors, are activated,
and the following neurochemicals are also released — dopamine, cortisol and noradrenaline.
In addition, your ampa-receptors are are phosphorylated by a chemical similar to PMK Zeta. This PMK Zeta-like chemical has a profound impact
on how we react and encode traumatic experiences. As a phosphokinase, the PMK Zeta-like chemical affects the potentiation of our ampa-receptors
on the surface of our post-synaptic neurons in the lateral amygdala. This heightens our senses
and reactions of fight, flight, fear or defensive rage. The actual “glue” that anchors ampa-receptors
to the surface of neurons is a phosphate. PKM Zeta-like enzyme
phosphorylates the ampa-reactors, empowering them to aid our brains
as we experience trauma and to help protect us
in future similar situations. The brain stores all kind of information
about a traumatic event, including the threatening content, associated content,
and context. It includes storage of cognitive, autonomic, somatosensory,
and emotional aspects of the experience. This allows our bodies, when pitted
within similar traumatic situations again, to assess and make decisions
based on how to avoid these situations before we suffer a trauma again,
or to be prepared to fight it, or escape from it if we need to.

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