GRIEF & THE BRAIN
Most of you know me either for my work in the grief and loss field or my work helping independent authors write and publish.
But, what some of you don't know is that I'm also a Tech Writer & a researcher. My friends lovingly call me "Undercover Nerd." 🤓
I am definitely data-driven, so please answer my posts when I ask for your help, because I am likely conducting research for a book or a piece of valuable content for my Guide Tribe.
I've been recently researching brain trauma in relation to loss/grief. Most folks don't fully understand the changes in the brain after trauma.
Sure, we can clearly understand that a soldier who has seen and been directly involved in horrific and violent events most likely suffer with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). And the same can be said and understood about victims of sexual violence and other physical or mental abuses.
What we don't understand, or rather, what we can't wrap our minds around -- is that with a tragic and devastating loss, the same trauma (PTSD) sets in and grabs hold of us.
This is why after loss, we often experience
being in a fog
sometimes even delusions (and worse!)
This is Post Trauma Stress.
I've been working on a Guided by Grief project called _The Science Behind Grief©_ (by me! Lisa Bovee)
During my research, I've encountered the research and writing of a brave Neurologist who lost her husband to cancer (he was also a neurologist).
As soon as he was diagnosed, they each vowed to chronicle their individual perspectives, thoughts, emotions and experiences over the course of his illness from diagnosis to treatment and to ultimately his death.
I'm impressed and obsessed with her research and perspective and praise the fact that she (and her husband) were so very willing to share their experiences.
Brave as shit, ya'll!
"Drawing on the latest studies about grief and its effects, Dr. Lisa M. Shulman explains what scientists know about how the mind, brain, and body respond and heal following traumatic loss. She also traces the interface between the experience of profound loss and the search for emotional restoration." _Before and After Loss: A Neurologist's Perspective on Loss, Grief, and Our Brain_
Written by Lisa M. Shulman, MD
Another LISA! She's got to be cool! (and smart, right?) 😊
So, if you are struggling with your grief and post-trauma, you're NOT cRazY. It's grief, trauma, oh... and your brain.
Sending you So Much Conner Bovee Love