TRAINING MODULES

How trauma changes our physiology – flight, fight or freeze response

Noticeable effects

  • Pupils dilate
  • Mouth goes dry
  • Muscles tense
  • Heart pumps faster
  • Breathing rate increases
  • Chest pains
  • Palpitations
  • Perspiration
  • Hyperventilation 

Hidden effects

  • Brain prepares body for action
  • Adrenaline released
  • Blood pressure rises
  • Liver releases glucose to provide energy for muscles
  • Digestion slows or ceases
  • Cortisol releases (depresses immune system) 

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