Understanding PTSD's Effects on Brain, Body, and Emotions | Janet Seahorn | TEDxCSU

  • Published on Mar 14, 2016
  • PTSD disrupts the lives of average individuals as well as combat veterans who have served their country. The person experiencing the trauma often then impacts the lives of his/her family, friends, and workplaces. PTSD does not distinguish between race, age or gender and often goes undiagnosed. Even with proper diagnosis, many individuals do not know where to turn to get help. Society needs to understand the aftermath of trauma especially combat trauma and how to prepare for warriors when they return home.
    Janet Seahorn, Ph.D has been a teacher, administrator, and consultant for over thirty years. She currently teaches a variety of classes on neuroscience and literacy as an adjunct professor for Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Jan has a Ph.D in Human Development and Organizational Systems. Her background includes an in-depth understanding of human development and neuroscience research as well as effective practices in organizational systems and change. She conducts workshops on the neuroscience of learning and memory, the effects of “at-risk” environments (i.e., poverty), brain development, and researched-based instructional practices. Jan has worked with many organizations in the business and educational communities in creating and sustaining healthy, dynamic environments. Dr. Seahorn has researched and studied the effects of trauma on the brain and how excessive or extreme trauma can impact changes in the brain’s neuro network and how that change impacts behaviors in s
    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at ted.com/tedx

Comments • 884

  • Janine Schindler
    Janine Schindler 2 days ago

    I have ptsd. I am not in the military it is caused from something else that happened to me about 10 years ago or so...but it is not always from being in the military. Abuse can cause it. Anything

  • Aubrey
    Aubrey 5 days ago

    This is SUCH an important talk for veterans, survivors of childhood trauma and other forms of trauma! Thank you Janet Seahorn for your work and thank you to your husband for his service. Hugs and love to you both.

  • Haren Russel Samson Makaea

    Thank you Dr Seahorn.

  • Breanna Thornton
    Breanna Thornton 7 days ago

    Moms have ptsd. . . shid life is war!!!

  • Grumpy cat
    Grumpy cat 8 days ago

    I have PTSD, from quite a few experiences, and it is absolutely horrible. There is help. I’m trying. I hope you all are well.

  • richie dirtman
    richie dirtman 8 days ago

    Im from the uk.. ptsd among vets is rarer here.. i dont know any but i know plenty of people with ptsd from car accidents

  • Dina Haraldsson
    Dina Haraldsson 11 days ago

    Interesting, but YOGA is a Religion of Hinduism practician to seek their Gods and not a solution to heal PTDS

  • open you're eyes! #DeedNotBreed

    thank you

  • Barbara Chipman
    Barbara Chipman 14 days ago

    i want to scream every day i wake up. trauma causes so much pain.

  • kim banz
    kim banz 16 days ago

    And the blanket has really helped with my internal stress and anxiety.

  • kim banz
    kim banz 16 days ago

    I suffer from C-PTSD from childhood trauma. I purchased a weighted blanket and it has improved my sleep and my blood pressure is down 20 points. I've made no other changes. My quality of life has improved. It even helps my RLS. I have the 12 pound right now, but just ordered 16 pounder from Amazon. It goes by bodyweight.

  • Ann Silliman
    Ann Silliman 18 days ago

    Great talk!!!

  • My Eye Studios
    My Eye Studios 18 days ago

    I am a military bratt. That's what they call children of soldiers. Many people like myself suffer from ptsd because we were raised by soldiers on military bases. They are no place for children. If it's that hard for a grown man to make it out normal image how bad it is for a small helpless child being treated that way by their parent the damaged soldier.

  • Ron Robillard
    Ron Robillard 18 days ago

    I have ptsd from major child abuse .

  • Babette Badges
    Babette Badges 20 days ago

    Very very poor speech on CPTSD. FAIL!

  • Cindy Clark
    Cindy Clark 21 day ago

    Thank you for talking about the you can't change.

  • Leslie Culver
    Leslie Culver 22 days ago

    PTSD is not only for vets.

  • deborah elliott
    deborah elliott 24 days ago +1

    my ptsd stems from being targeted by the bush dynasty. not until trump have i felt some relative safety within this government. i don';t agree that victims make up stuff. the triggers represent real life trauma events. i do not and have never made up stuff to think or talk about. i feel this is a cheap shot at ptsd victims. or... she is not clear about what is meant by that statement.

  • Little Birdy got the worm

    I have PTSD from my traumatic childhood and my husband was a Viet Vet too. Working in the medical core and seeing people, soldiers and civilians blown up left him with PTSD...we were a walking disaster area.

  • A Frica
    A Frica 27 days ago

    This woman needs speech therapy - half her points were lost on me because she swallowed her words, paused in the wrong place, or mispronounced. Annoying. Who pronounces issue as eeesu?

  • Karen Hope Sheraton

    You can't fight it. That's the key. See it as another part of yourself. You can't fight it, it gets worse. Go with the flow breath in
    gain your strength within the trigger. I breakdown when I trigger. But that's because I was always fighting myself. Like my friend PTSD wants all the credit. I've gained control now. I sit down brearhe meditate and go to a mother place and time. Almost like space. There's someone there telling me it's all ok. Then I come back. It's quite beautiful. I've had it 15 years and the noise with it was driving me crazy after the triggers. Hyper arousal my senses would be all over the place. I have around four bad ones every six months because usually I've see someone that is close to then time and date etc. But all in all I've learnt to go with the flow. I tell it not today. I'll send a

  • Gyb C
    Gyb C Month ago

    I lost my mom and spend 2 months outside ICU. Why the F everything burns down to some war.

  • Rutland MGTOW man Uk

    30mg mirtazapine is the perfect dose I was on 45mg In the beginning but couldn’t even register what a clock was on the wall , I couldn’t even think what it was telling me

  • Rutland MGTOW man Uk

    I wonder out of the 4347 men suicides in England die each year , have actually got ptsd something to think of studying it’s a lot of men to die each year????

  • A S
    A S Month ago

    I can barely manage anymore... everything retraumatizes me

  • Ilovecoupons
    Ilovecoupons Month ago

    Excellent speaker & explained PTSD in an easy to understand way.

  • Road Trip
    Road Trip Month ago

    Im really sorry about hearing about your husband's trauma. Its all really sad. Thank him for his service. PTSD isnt just about wars or she wouldnt have had the audience look at each other to see who 'looks' like they had a tramatic expierence or not. Nobody has a perfect childhood and life isnt fair sometimes but I like the resolution ideas on how to cope and get better at the end of the video.

  • SBS man
    SBS man Month ago

    Amazing video so right on, especially starting with the body then improving the mind. The silent screams flashbacks leaning to live with reality that these thoughts will follow you to the grave nearly un-diminished. How to deal with it ~~> diet diet diet then exercise self-improvement helps loads.

  • Sara R
    Sara R Month ago

    This made me cry so hard in realizing I’m not alone. I’m not alone.

  • Craig Pate
    Craig Pate Month ago

    For those who are upset about her using a war veteran's example please understand, this is her example. This is her husband she is talking about and her experience learning about PTSD from the love of her life. Your job, especially with TEDx Talks is to apply it to your life and learn from it. She explains this in the talk. Take what ideas she is sharing and learn the best way you can from it from your experience. PTSD is real and the pull what you can from. It says it in the description as well.

  • AGirlHas NoName
    AGirlHas NoName Month ago

    Omg this is what I suffer through.

  • green queen
    green queen Month ago

    i was raised in the ghetto that was my war zone..i saw so many gang members die in front of my eyes..yup i got ptsd too ...oh ya lets not forget my dysfunctional parents who abused me mentally i also got BPD from that as well...im the type who gets depressed at parties and will laugh at a funeral talk about dysfunctional emotions right there..this is why i would never date a military person either our personalities would clash hardcore

  • Private Island Searching

    After 47 years of neglect, extreme physical, emotional and mental abuse since birth, 2 serious suicide attempts intervened with miracles, 25 years of therapy that I finally quit as I decided they've done all they can for me, I don't see how to change at 67 with all the after effects. I jump at every sudden noise which causes my heart to race and immediate sharp pains to shoot thru my brain and chest, insomnia has gotten crazy, anxiety, panic attacks in public where strangers call 911, irritable over minor things, 2 nervous breakdowns with a stay in a psych ward, meds don't help, crying spells over nothing. Drinking didn't help so I quit that 20 yrs ago. I've tried every suggestion and nothing seems to be able to stop these deeply ingrained automatic responses. Some of the abuse was being shot at a few times, knocked out with fists, whipped with the buckle end of belts, kicked, handfuls of hair yanked out, death threats during attacks, clothes ripped off me, convinced I was no good and I can't say the rest, but violence and anger was my "normal" life for so long. Diagnosed with PTSD, clinical depression and BPD and in the midst of it all, I am very blessed as a mother and grandmother and am showered with love so I feel guilty for complaining or being unable to handle this lifelong trauma better. The abusers are either dead or I escaped them alive so I can breathe easier for that. I counteracted the degradation by excelling in every job I had. I'm retired now and finally have the peace I always dreamed about. But I just want to check out of this life because it's so tiring to live with the effects of the past. People tell me how very nice and sweet I am, but inside I feel a rage I don't dare let out. I hide it well in normal calm situations. I am only telling it here since I'm unknown and feel safe. I won't try suicide again, but I'm ready to leave this world and look forward to it. So is there help for every PTSD case or are some just lost causes?

  • Alice Georgina
    Alice Georgina 2 months ago

    12:20-12:30 . Related to that like nothing else, I witnessed a violent murder when I was 16 (I’m now 19) and after that nothing was the same. Danger was everywhere, violence was everywhere and the world was now terrifyingly unsafe and unpredictable. Normal life was no more. Anger took over and that became normality. Pushing through that is hard but vital.

  • Remi Castonguay
    Remi Castonguay 2 months ago

    Gaba blocks unwanted memories in the hippocampus.

  • Schnitzel Schnizel
    Schnitzel Schnizel 2 months ago

    You become a Christian, moron. The books of Proverbs and James are true Wisdom.

  • Ainsley Flint
    Ainsley Flint 2 months ago +2

    My kids and I have PTSD from Domestic Violence. I get flashbacks when someone yells at me. I freeze and fawn because fighting made things worse and flight was impossible.

    • Jim Lambert
      Jim Lambert Month ago

      Ainsley Flint this is how my girlfriend is. Basic fights set it off and I wish I could do anything to make it better.

  • Laura. Book
    Laura. Book 2 months ago

    😭😭😭❤️ I cried through this because it’s the story of my life with my husband who is a 100% disabled veteran from the Gulf War. Everyone makes us feel like we are doing something wrong because we stay secluded but it’s hard to explain to them how it effects my husband and therefore our way of life for weeks after we leave our quite ten acres. You just made me feel a little bit more whole. Thank you!

  • Christina Entingh
    Christina Entingh 2 months ago

    I just recently found out that I have PTSD and it seems that I've had it for years, not getting the right treatment for it. I want to finally heal from the multiple incidences of trauma I have experienced in my life.

  • Indigo
    Indigo 3 months ago

    What I find absolutely fascinating is how she talks about it is like she has actually been there and felt it what a wonderful woman to fightfor other people

  • Susan Moreland
    Susan Moreland 3 months ago

    Good talk...makes sense to me...

  • Lewis Badham
    Lewis Badham 3 months ago +1

    skip to 15:46 to see a dog

  • Emer Henry
    Emer Henry 3 months ago

    Thumbs up at the silent scream. I freakin know that feelin. Over four years and no help still

  • Gabe Mont
    Gabe Mont 3 months ago

    I love this lady. I have been suffering with PTSD

  • Violet Johann
    Violet Johann 3 months ago

    I'm honestly looking at the first grade poem in a different way right now...

    BRENDA ARTEAGA 3 months ago

    Wow! This video helped me so much: to see and understand. I’ve been dating an Army veteran for the past four months. He is the sweetest and most loving guy I’ve ever met... then there have been those moments where I am unsure what happened to him. Thank you Dr. Seahorn for using your personal experiences to help me understand that is not him who is not him acting irrational but rather those little moments that trigger his memory.

  • William Mullins-Johnson

    thanks for sharing,,,,I suffer PTSD due to a wrongful conviction....healing is slow

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    sugar gay ??? 3 months ago

    I have pretty constant and irritating dissociations from my ptsd. My folks don't know bc I haven't told them yet, so they just think I'm goofed up

  • Amy Buttholez
    Amy Buttholez 3 months ago

    Ptsd is prevelant in prostitutes. Please remember this the next time you get the need to sleep with one. You are contributing to their emotional demise. And most of you out there also have wives and families. Please think of them as well.

  • R. Bondeson
    R. Bondeson 3 months ago +1

    there is not anyone to my left; or my right. I am alone.

  • Mark Caseon
    Mark Caseon 3 months ago

    Garlic is good against PTSD because it raises your Serotonin levels. And so is Sage tea.

  • April Lockaby Radford
    April Lockaby Radford 3 months ago

    I didn't experience anything like war or anything, but I had a severe nervous breakdown and had to quit my job and here I am almost a year later not able to do anything. I feel like it has ruined me. I feel like I can't get back to work or do anything. I can't explain it. It's horrible.

  • Jennifer Sebits
    Jennifer Sebits 3 months ago

    Exactly. I identify completely.

  • Karen Kirkpatrick
    Karen Kirkpatrick 4 months ago

    It is sad so many war vets have PTSD. I have been diagnosed with PTSD and I feel as if people do not realize unless you are a vet you can still have PTSD. I wish those of us who suffered from it and having triggers could be as accepted as war vets who have PTSD.

  • SuperStonyQMUSIC
    SuperStonyQMUSIC 4 months ago +1

    4:30 The Second This 65 Year Old Lady Said Cyber-Bullying I Was Out Of Here 😂

    • pete knicks
      pete knicks 3 months ago

      Hm, you should have waited for the skiing trip-story, sounds silly, is real though.

  • Little E Franklin
    Little E Franklin 4 months ago

    Thank you for sharing your husband's and your experiences.

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  • Made Well
    Made Well 4 months ago

    It's such a intense transition. Thank you so much for your testimony. It's weird to relive moments in your mind while the rest of life continues on around you. To stare at a spot on the floor for long period of time that only feels like a moment. To be locked in your head. For the first time in a long time I felt a positive connection.
    Thank you again.

  • zendegi komak
    zendegi komak 4 months ago

    What's the cure for ptsd?I really want it

  • Texas encounters
    Texas encounters 4 months ago

    It is the hardest thing for me to be an old man fighting for my life and liberty in this environment of cookie cutter diagnosis of mental conditions without proper understanding depth of the damage inflicted by systematic failure to communicate

  • RFC Lifestyle
    RFC Lifestyle 4 months ago

    Very well done presentation.

  • T V
    T V 4 months ago

    PTSD is for weak minded bitches

  • B M
    B M 5 months ago

    Your husband is a very lucky man for having you stand by him through thick and thin. Thank you for clarifying the meaning of : True love for
    Your spouse “.

  • VenusRising
    VenusRising 5 months ago

    I feel bad when vets put down others who have PTSD, claiming only they get it.
    Had one look at me like I was crazy when I admitted mine.
    I startle at the slightest unexpected noises, jump even.
    Mine is complex, multiple trauma since childhood.
    Need some good mushrooms to try micro-dosing. I used to do hallucinogenics as a teen/early twenties. It always helped kind of set my ego straight, I think it could help me.

  • Jerry Pociask
    Jerry Pociask 5 months ago


  • Hal Eloi
    Hal Eloi 5 months ago

    i found that meditation helps a great deal. We should have it in schools. Learn it.

  • Queen G
    Queen G 5 months ago

    i thought this was gr8. like a LOT of the comments i was REALLY pissed off when she was talking about the military... but thats coz its her only close personal experience that she talks about her husband. at the very beginning she talks about how MANY kinds there are... uncountable. BUT she seems to me to b a lil bit of a hippie. at no point does she talk about medication! i tried many before i found the right one for me that didnt make me put on 30kg or mess with my head. its not the right one for everyone but for me duloxetine helps a lot. its an antidepressant but twice the normal prescribed dose can also help with panic attacks etc. sounds to me like if her husband tis flying off the handle after four minutes he needs medication as well. also YES there tis a LOT she doesnt mention, fight or flight etc. but u can only do and say so much in a 20 minute talk so of course shes going to talk about a problem close to home

  • Barbara Brennan
    Barbara Brennan 5 months ago

    I was subjected to ungodly invasion s of privacy. By Hollywood and entertainment people.

  • Barbara Brennan
    Barbara Brennan 5 months ago

    Nothing funny after being bullied by gangs of people from Hollywood.

  • Barbara Brennan
    Barbara Brennan 5 months ago

    Complex PTSD is not from childhood neglect.

  • Jarolyn Pierce
    Jarolyn Pierce 5 months ago

    No lie this brought the tears out

  • Zehested
    Zehested 5 months ago

    Beautiful, THANK YOU!!!🙏🌎❤

  • Tatie A
    Tatie A 5 months ago +1

    She got off track ..

  • theorypractise
    theorypractise 5 months ago

    The internet is full of utter junk but this......this was an absolutely enthralling talk,well done

  • kristy misty
    kristy misty 5 months ago

    You will be visited this night by 3 spirits

  • Delores Taylor
    Delores Taylor 5 months ago

    God bless and thank you for your program I'm a first time veiwer and my loved one has this "reorder sydrome" . i am so relieved to find help.

  • Kris G
    Kris G 5 months ago +1

    Honestly, you people commenting on how she makes PTSD about only war vets. She talking about HER and HER Husband s experiences with PTSD..stop trying to belittle her husbands and other war vets trauma...would you like someone to judge YOUR trauma and say oh well that’s nothing...it’s disgraceful really..

  • Petrice Davidson
    Petrice Davidson 6 months ago

    Amazing explanation of PTSD

  • Maryam Haji mohammadi
    Maryam Haji mohammadi 6 months ago

    Why does God have to be everywhere ffs

  • isabella Frazier
    isabella Frazier 6 months ago

    PTSD isnt just veterans/soilders and she mentions that. She is using her husbands because she first hand experienced how it affected her loved one and its the #1 cause of ptsd

  • Lil Sicily
    Lil Sicily 6 months ago

    Yes I suffer from Complex PTSD and it's a second to minute to hour to everyday of the battle of a war inside myself that won't leave!

  • Ant Ville
    Ant Ville 6 months ago

    I suffer from this but don’t know where to go for help .

  • Girth Brooks
    Girth Brooks 6 months ago

    I'm a police officer. I have ptsd from seeing suicides and other bad deaths.
    My family doesn't understand it and is not the least sympathetic when I try and explain it.
    And it's the most lonely feeling I've ever experienced.

  • Robert Kurowski
    Robert Kurowski 6 months ago

    Well as far as your discussion goes I’m 10 out of 10. what kind of options for treatment do I have if I’m not interested in pharmaceuticals. I am already considered disabled at least for the next four years.

  • Kristie Veloso
    Kristie Veloso 6 months ago

    My mother was on different medications for her CPTSD. She took her own life in 2016. That made MY CPTSD even worse. Still struggling... My other half suffers also from severe trauma from his lifetime. Alot is from gun violence.. Some cities are war grounds here in the US. Alot of us have CPTSD just by growing up in a certain area. My question is how do we help the civilians when they struggle to help soldiers

  • lion heart
    lion heart 6 months ago +3

    I'm not sure anybody noticed who the sponsors were for this talk but how they can have the audacity to use a beer brewing co. Is beyond belief. The last thing those who suffer with PTSD need in alcohol. WOW!!!!

  • Mads V
    Mads V 6 months ago

    I think I got PTSD from my childhood. My short memory is destroyed, in parties I am dead inside, lack of interest, difficulty experiencing positive emotions, never dated.

  • Mary Ann
    Mary Ann 6 months ago

    I know that PTSD does not only impact the Military and if you listen to what Mrs. Seahorn says she does. Not only does she talk about her husband, who is a veteran, but she also alludes to herself having PTSD as well. At no time does she state that she is veteran or did she and I missed it?

  • W W
    W W 7 months ago

    SSRIs cause obesity...

  • Beth J Brannon
    Beth J Brannon 7 months ago


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    Beth J Brannon 7 months ago


  • Beth J Brannon
    Beth J Brannon 7 months ago

    Yes, I am not a “teenager”..……………”I AM 58 ABOUT 59”!!!!!

  • Chase Me
    Chase Me 7 months ago

    I have been suffering from PTSD over the last year. It has changed my personality making me want to be alone all the time. It has caused me resentment towards loved ones and taken a toll on my marriage. I just started taking Zoloft about a week ago and am praying that it will start working. I dont want to see my life continue to fall apart so if any one that has overcome PTSD has any good advice please let me know.

  • Charles Motisi
    Charles Motisi 7 months ago

    It honestly shocked me when anyone I talked to mentioned I may have PTSD. My first thought was actually "I thought that was a diagnosis for veterans." I didn't say anything but I still find it hard to believe

  • Pixie Dust
    Pixie Dust 7 months ago

    Really enjoyed this video! My dad was in Ireland in the 70s & saw some horrendous things. I have been diagnosed with PTSD but find it difficult to accept the diagnosis. My dad just got on with life after the military. My 'traumas' - which are significant & relate to experiencing violent deaths - they were traumatic, but I don't put them on an equal footing with the damage done to soldiers, war veterans etc. I worry that my dad would think I was weak if he knew about this diagnosis (he passed away 10yrs ago). I don't know if I can accept treatment for this. My dad was fond of telling me to just get on with things & I can't help wondering what his thoughts on PTSD would be, although I know he'd hate to think I was suffering in any way.

  • Chantal Hope
    Chantal Hope 7 months ago

    I have ptsd Nd never been in the war I’m 17 u don’t get it just from the war

  • UrbaNSpiel
    UrbaNSpiel 7 months ago

    Not that great. This sounds like a childrens story.......

  • Rena Heisler
    Rena Heisler 7 months ago

    she states in the beginning about other types of trauma. I have ptsd as well due to childhood abuse, spousal abuse, and finally................finding my late spouse hanging from our garage rafters. I have been so affected by all this trauma, my brain is no longer the same. However, I am now taking this tragedy and all the truama of my chilhood, and that men have caused me, I am now close to graduating with my Psych degree so I can help others through this very hard painful journey. One thing for sure though is, Im musch braver, stronger, smarter more resiliant! I may panic more, cry more, and wory more, but I also have learned how thoughts control my behavior, so I got this!!!!

  • Dwain Franks
    Dwain Franks 7 months ago

    PTSD is creating more terrorists than Islam. It’s time we start locking these people up.

  • stephen kelly
    stephen kelly 7 months ago

    not funny joking about ptsd when you have it. not nice and it's horrible no wonder ppl don't really understand us.