A healthy and content nervous system, or a regulated band-width/'Window of Tolerance' (Pat Ogden & Dan Siegel) gets upset when we are stressed and traumatically stressed. What happens to the nervous system and why is this so important to understand when healing from trauma?
In moments of threat humans (and animals) typically respond in a hierarchical defensive sequence of actions (Stephen Porges, Peter Levine, Pat Ogden). What is the sequence of defensive responses that we likely move through and why is this critical to recovery from trauma symptoms?
Before we respond to threats, we need to detect them in our nervous system. What is the Orienting refelx/response that helps us detect threats and what types of traumatic symptoms can happen when this reflex response gets interrupted or is incomplete?
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