#5 – Avoidance

The "Limbic Network Trauma Loop" (see recent post) is reinforced if the person chooses "avoidance" as their habitual survival strategy. The associated fear factor inherent in avoidance ends up reinforcing the threat response and thereby heightens the stress whenever the avoided stimulus is encountered.  The result is that the person will become increasingly "boxed in" as the avoidance builds an aversion.
Over activation of the threat mechanisms cause a chronic stress response resulting in hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis hyper-reactivity. Chronic activation of the HPA axis causes increased production of stress hormones that perpetuate a negative feedback loop. This mal-adaptive response to trauma is called the Limbic Network Trauma Loop. There is a new wave of research these days in brain related frequencies because of the dramatic insights into Neuroplasticity and Connectome Harmonics (as found in the Neuro Light session compositions). Here's a reference if anyone is interested. The paper, 'Alpha-Range Visual and Auditory Stimulation reduces the Perception of Pain', was published in the European Journal of Pain. Here's a bit of brain anatomy/physiology to "chew on"...In a Limbic Network dysfunction loop, the hypothalamus releases stress hormones into the body, the amygdala is activated in a fear/protection response, the cingulate cortex focuses the brain on the perceived threat and the hippocampus keeps track of the experience for future reference and protection. It's a bit complicated but the point is things typically seem a lot worse than they really are. If this dynamic response persists it results in a mal-adaptive form of Neuroplasticity patterning - meaning it forms a kind of groove or rut that one then repeatedly drops into whenever challenging conditions occur. Working to "unlearn" such mal-adaptions is one of the key aspects of Brain Wellness. Dysfunction within the Limbic Network can result in distorted perception, evaluation and response to stimuli.  These responses happen on an unconscious physiological level and can contribute to emotional, psychological and physical symptoms in sufferers of any number of Limbic related conditions. Remember it is the Limbic Network that filters the inflow of stimulation into a "feeling" state of pleasure or pain, attraction or aversion before it reaches the higher cortex for the interpretation into thinking.