RESPONDING POSITIVELY TO AMYGDALA HIJACK Emotions associated with fight or flight response, for instance; anger or fear are activated in the primitive part of our brain called the ‘amygdala’. When the amygdala perceives a threat, it can lead that person to react irrationally and destructively. Adrenaline and cortisol hormones are released. Adrenaline increases your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure and boosts energy supplies. Cortisol, the primary stress hormone, increases sugars
Panic/Anxiety Attack: 1. breathe in 4 sec; 2. hold breath 7 sec; 3. exhale for 8 sec; 4. repeat 1 or 2 more times - this causes an autonomic nervous system shift from a sympathetic (fight or flight syndrome) state to a parasympathetic response
Fight or Flight response. Quick video that explains the physiology behind the response. Use it with PTSD kids and go into discussing how their fight or flight is in some ways stuck on. Discuss trauma triggers, bodily reactions, and coping skills
Unfortunately, doctors don't know exactly what causes panic attacks, but they do have some theories. Some researchers theorize that life-changing events or generally stressful periods cause panic attacks. Studies have shown that a significant number of people with panic disorder experienced traumatic childhood events.