CONCUSSION & PTSD

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A concussion is the result of a sudden physical assault to the skull and brain from trauma experiences such as abuse, accidents and sports. Because these events can happen so fast it can inhibit or yield inefficient normal protective responses that might prevent the physical assault. The inhibition is often caused by a sudden shock state or tonic immobility that is also seen in, and results in PTSD. Symptoms of PTSD and Post Concussive Syndrome (PCS) include cognitive disturbances, behavioral changes and relational disruptions. These, in turn, can lead to occupational, educational and activity limitations in daily life. 

When confronted with a physical threat such as can occur in domestic violence, motor vehicle accidents, sports and military activities we can go into flight, fight or freeze. Freeze, or tonic immobility, can result in PTSD.

Understanding the anatomy of the cranium, including the brain and its protective coverings gives a basis for understanding the physical effects of a concussion on the brain.  Combined with Somatic Experiencing helps to complete protective response that didn’t get to complete during the event.

The re-integration of cognitive health and autonomic regulation helps people like you return to work, re-engage in leisure activities and be more resilient in relationships.

Clients and patients who have concurrent PTSD and PCS may need a team of practitioners in mental health and physical/medical health care. There may be some overlap that supports teamwork and it is important all practitioners have some idea of what each other does. The re-integration of cognitive health and autonomic regulation helps a client return to work re-engage in leisure activities and be more resilient in relationships.