Thanks. I have read Pete Walker. A great resourceI don’t know the full details but this sounds about right.
Yes, but we are alive and the good news is that while neurons typically do not regenerate healthy ones can so-called rewire, which is how people can mentally and emotionally mature, develop new habits, and get over fears, among other things. Neuroplasticity is real.
Nope. Which is one reason why when you feel stuck in the grinder, looping your thoughts and emotions, one strategy is to do nothing, including not think! Only to notice but without attaching any judgment to the sensations. Then eventually you will be able to notice the flow of sensations, but the key is stopping judgment. The judgment is what leads to an extraordinary amount of suffering. This is what some people call a mindfulness practice and is why so many therapists use various techniques related to it. It shifts the part of the brain being used, and therefore shifts the experience.
Something helpful is learning about the common cognitive distortions that people with PTSD tend to succumb to. A good source for learning about these is in Pete Walker’s book “Complex-PTSD.”
Yes there is physical damage, but just like every other disorder an individual can learn coping skills to manage symptoms and develop stability.