Trauma and Body Memories

This fact sheet describes memory and the process of how memory works.

It focusses on implicit memory, one of the two main types of memory.

Trauma is often stored in the body as implicit memory.

When trauma is stored in the body it can be easily triggered.

When people are triggered they often experience flashbacks.

These are fragments of memory returning along with strong feelings, such as intense fear and sensations and movements which have been stored since the time of the original trauma and are now being experienced again in the present.

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