Maxine 's Case : Biological / Neurobiological Components

1579 WordsNov 8, 20167 Pages
Maxine’s Case Biological/ Neurobiological Components It is evident from Maxine’s case that she has suffered a traumatic life full of grief and loss that has led her to live a life of PTSD. She exudes the classic symptoms presented in the DSM V, cognitive: forgetfulness, attention problems, and poor concentration, affective: irritability, mood swings, increased aggression, withdrawal/avoidance, and behavioral: hypervigilance, and sleep problems (Finney, 2016). Research confirms that PTSD has an anxiety component that is caused by an exposure to an extremely stressful traumatic event in which the individual experiences, witnessed, or was confronted with primarily or secondarily (Finney, 2016). Living a life with PTSD is usually described as living a life in hell, which measures a person’s endurance to withstand the test of time. When considering neurobiology, the brain is a powerful thing. The mind can hold conscious and subconscious thoughts at the same time. In order to regulate homeostasis, the conscious mind has to be more dominant than the subconscious in order to avoid depression. The subconscious mind stores all the “self-hate talk” which when leaks into the conscious mind creates a vicious cycle of replaying negative talk, therefore creating a depressive state. A key function of the amygdala is memory. Research confirms that due to the complexity of the human mind that often times memories and life experiences merge together as one, ergo creating a sense
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