My posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) brain keeps me busy to avoid pain. Your PTSD brain could help you avoid pain in a very different way. The diversity found in the coping mechanisms people develop in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) continues to surprise me. In my case, constant thinking was one way my PTSD brain protected me.
My PTSD Brain and Constant Thinking
In my teens, my brain created a way for me to avoid traumatic memories and obsessive thinking. By constantly having a stack of projects to work on or several dilemmas to solve, I could focus on them instead. Even now, when I am particularly stressed, I find myself slipping back into the habit of constant thinking.
In this video, I reveal what I miss out on when I’m lost in constant thinking. It is pleasant to quiet my thoughts and I realize that working on mindfulness when anxiety overstimulates my PTSD brain benefits my mental health.