We tend to take what our brains do personally. However, the negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviors caused by the traumatized brain are normal responses to abnormal levels of traumatic stress. These symptoms can cause survivors to feel shame and guilt.
Here’s a trauma-competent conversation about the traumatized brain that normalizes PTSD symptoms for survivors.
Melinda Paige Ph.D. A short video on the Brain and PTSD. Part of her Essentials of Trauma Competency workshop.