Trauma-Stroke: Trauma Blocks the Frontal Lobes – “Verbal Physiotherapy” Can Unblock Them

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ptsd_info_2The following three paragraphs are an excerpt from an article by Bob Johnson, MD, entitled Trauma Blocks the Frontal Lobes – “Verbal Physiotherapy” Can Unblock Them, published by Mad In America on 16 October 2018:

“Way back in 1996, in his book Traumatic Stress (page 193), following groundbreaking work with traumatised people, [Dr. Bessel van der Kolk] coined the telling phrase “speechless terror.” Look at that term. Here terror stops you from speaking. Is that significant? Does it apply more widely?

In a recent video (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=53RX2ESIqsM) Bessel calls this having a stroke. I call it a trauma-stroke. He gives us the wonderful notion that trauma makes the frontal lobes and the speech centre go “off-line.” So look closely at what he did. He played an audio tape of music, say, to someone whose brain he was scanning, and all was well. He then played a tape of the…

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