Trauma

Memory, Trauma and the Mind

Our memories are fragile. From the time we’re born, our brain is constantly collecting and processing bits of information based on our experiences — both negative and positive. Some stick with you for life, while others are forgotten or suppressed. What makes a memory, and when those memories aren’t so good, how do they turn into trauma?What Constitutes a Memory? For us to recall certain processes or events, we must first draw them out of our memory. Our brain forms memories by encoding, storing, retaining and recalling information from our past experiences. It begins in our short-term storage, and once repeated enough, it travels to our long-term storage via the hippocampus so we can perform tasks, recognize people and travel places subconsciously, without having to think twice.  The main parts of the brain involved with memory are the amygdala, the hippocampus, the cerebellum, and the prefrontal cortex. The amygdala is involved with fear, and therefore largely responsible for...