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Inflammation and the Brain Changes Observed in Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder


By Shirley Davis, CPTSD Foundation, July 29, 2019

Formerly I stated this series would be split into two parts. However, due to the enormous amount of information available, I have decided to offer four articles instead.

In our previous article, we examined how neuroimaging is giving new insights into changes in the brain caused by trauma. Yes, trauma harms the human brain but how does that work? What could our bodies be doing that causes the types of damage outlined in this article?

Today, we shall investigate what is causing the damage to the brains of traumatized men, women, and children and give some hints as to what can prevent it. If you keep reading this series, you will be amazed by the new information we are going to share with you about what researchers are doing to find an effective treatment and possibly even a cure for many trauma-related disorders.

A Recap of the Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Findings

In the first article, we examined how functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has given a new understanding of how trauma changes the brain. We covered how the amygdala and hippocampus were found to be moderately to severely impacted.

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