Battling the Storm Within

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

How Trauma and Dissociation Disrupt Your Ability to Form Memories

A person walks home alone in the rain

Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.”  Haruki Murakami
We all know from popular drama (TV shows, movies, etc.) that traumatic events are often forgotten by the sufferer. People who experience a devastating event such as a car accident, natural disaster, or terror attack often cannot remember the incident. It’s also common not to remember what took place right before or right after the incident. In a similar way, many adults who suffered child abuse have difficulty recalling large chunks of time from childhood. In these cases, problems with memory can continue into adulthood as well, particularly when faced with emotional distress.

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