How to deal with the trauma of dealing a traumatized child

Mindfulness can help parents deal with the trauma of dealing with their traumatized child. Here is a short but elegant medical/scientific explanation of how memories work and affect our state of mind. Professor Levine (Brian Levine, Ph.D, is a professor in the departments of psychology and medicine, Division of Neurology, and a senior scientist at the Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Health Sciences) says ...

"These days, we’re constantly being encouraged to “live in the present” to reduce anxiety and improve well-being. It’s good advice, but pushing away bad memories — or being cut off from them is unproductive. Nobody would enjoy living in the permanent present tense with a negative past memory experience. Being stuck in time is like prison. We need access to the past in order to be free from it.

People often talk about the need to “process” something bad that happened to them. At the same time, we all know it’s unhelpful to dwell, or ruminate. Many people struggle to understand the difference between the two, and this is where we run into problems.
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Memories are stored in the connections between brain cells, referred to as “traces.” When we recall an event, that memory trace is reactivated, then stored again along with events that are happening now. This process is known as reconsolidation. Rumination reinforces the bad memory by pairing it with negativity, digging it deeper into the brain and giving it a more powerful hold on us. On the other hand, when memories of past events are observed in a non-judgmental way, they can be reconsolidated and stored without being evaluated as bad or good. This technique puts ideas, thoughts, feelings and perceptions into perspective, placing a bit of distance between you and the event. This can help to heal from trauma and depressive thought patterns. read more click here

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