Trauma, Stress, : anxiety, Depression Phoenix Scottsdale

Many stressful or traumatic events like: a car accident, childhood abuse, overwhelming painful events, or early childhood memories hide in the brain and are difficult to access or recall.

Research on trauma state that at first these hidden memories that can not be accessed may protect the individual from emotional pain of recalling the event. As time moves forward these buried or suppressed thoughts can cause many psychological problems in the future: Anxiety, Phobias, Panic Attacks. PTSD, Depression and many other disorders.

A memory state called state dependent learning is a process where we bury a memory that is not accessible to our normal conscious minds daily.. Research shows that in order for the hidden or traumatic memory to appear or be retrieved we must go back into the same state of mind we were in when the memory was formed.  Bringing an individual back to the mood or drug induced state when the memory was formed initially seems to be the manner in which researchers believe we can access those painful hidden memories.

Research done at NW by scientists show there are many pathways that store fearful memories. Conscious access to traumatic memories are needed for many trauma induced patients to recover.

Glutamate and GABA control excited or calm nerve cellular activity. Hyperarousal can create surges in glutamate. Glutamate is the main ingredient that helps store memories. GABA calms and helps us sleep. There are two GABA receptors. The synaptic GABA receptor works w glutamate to balance the brain when stressed. The other is extra synaptic GABA receptor. They work with internal chemicals, hormones, micro RNA, and brain waves to make us aroused, sleepy, alert, sedated or psychotic. These receptors encode memories of fear and then store them away hidden from our conscious mind. The study shows its is these extra synaptic GABA receptors that need to be activated to access subconscious hidden memories.

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