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

  • Опубликовано: 14 мар 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

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  • tomas urra
    tomas urra 3 дня назад


  • Made Well
    Made Well 4 дня назад

    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 6 дней назад

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

  • Texas encounters
    Texas encounters 8 дней назад

    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 12 дней назад

    Very well done presentation.

  • Paula Zemeckis
    Paula Zemeckis 13 дней назад

    very important topic but little solutions, if any

  • LongDuckDong 1
    LongDuckDong 1 18 дней назад

    PTSD is for weak minded bitches

  • Aviator Original
    Aviator Original 24 дня назад

    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 “.

  • Janedews
    Janedews 25 дней назад

    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 27 дней назад


  • Hal Eloi
    Hal Eloi Месяц назад

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

  • Queen G
    Queen G Месяц назад

    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 Месяц назад

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

  • Barbara Brennan
    Barbara Brennan Месяц назад

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

  • Barbara Brennan
    Barbara Brennan Месяц назад

    Complex PTSD is not from childhood neglect.

  • Jarolyn Pierce
    Jarolyn Pierce Месяц назад

    No lie this brought the tears out

  • Zehested
    Zehested Месяц назад

    Beautiful, THANK YOU!!!🙏🌎❤

  • Tatie A
    Tatie A Месяц назад +1

    She got off track ..

  • theorypractise
    theorypractise Месяц назад

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

  • kristy misty
    kristy misty Месяц назад

    You will be visited this night by 3 spirits

  • Delores Taylor
    Delores Taylor Месяц назад

    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 Месяц назад +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 Месяц назад

    Amazing explanation of PTSD

  • Maryam Haji mohammadi
    Maryam Haji mohammadi Месяц назад

    Why does God have to be everywhere ffs

  • isabella Frazier
    isabella Frazier Месяц назад

    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 Месяц назад

    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!

  • Ms Antrobus Ms Antrobus
    Ms Antrobus Ms Antrobus Месяц назад

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

  • Girth Brooks
    Girth Brooks 2 месяца назад

    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 2 месяца назад

    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 2 месяца назад

    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

  • Jeffrey Paul
    Jeffrey Paul 2 месяца назад +1

    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 2 месяца назад

    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.

  • Ya Momma
    Ya Momma 2 месяца назад

    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?

  • Marvimaker ll
    Marvimaker ll 2 месяца назад

    pls no cyber bullx xd

  • W W
    W W 2 месяца назад

    SSRIs cause obesity...

  • Beth J Brannon
    Beth J Brannon 2 месяца назад


  • Beth J Brannon
    Beth J Brannon 2 месяца назад


  • Beth J Brannon
    Beth J Brannon 2 месяца назад

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

  • Chase Me
    Chase Me 2 месяца назад

    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 2 месяца назад

    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 3 месяца назад

    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 3 месяца назад

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

  • UrbaNSpiel
    UrbaNSpiel 3 месяца назад

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

  • Rena Heisler
    Rena Heisler 3 месяца назад

    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 3 месяца назад

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

  • stephen kelly
    stephen kelly 3 месяца назад

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

  • Sarah Young
    Sarah Young 3 месяца назад

    I suffer from PTSD.....

    • Sarah Young
      Sarah Young 3 месяца назад

      Every day as a first responder...

  • Gary Pinns
    Gary Pinns 3 месяца назад

    What an awesome talk! Thank You! My Beautiful, fun loving, intelligent, well educated daughters both suffer from this and have attempted Suicide as a result. Thank for understanding and hope.

  • Laurena Lau
    Laurena Lau 3 месяца назад

    Brain omelet ... could those brains be unscrambled?

  • Vanessa McKibben
    Vanessa McKibben 3 месяца назад

    This was excellent. Thank you.

  • Dorothy Jones
    Dorothy Jones 3 месяца назад

    The The

  • Rachel Hall
    Rachel Hall 3 месяца назад

    thank you.. you have helped me understand a lot.

  • Sarah Paulson
    Sarah Paulson 3 месяца назад

    Ptsd can happen anywhere any time. Childhood trauma is a huge one.

  • Natasha Martinez
    Natasha Martinez 3 месяца назад

    Oh yes.... your description of your husband when he was pacing because you weren't ready at 6am is me. Down to singing a moments later. I get enraged and angry over little things just like that, only to be fine shortly after.

  • Sangeetha In YouTube
    Sangeetha In YouTube 4 месяца назад

    ♥️lovely lady,she makes me feel special.

  • Jude Gibbons
    Jude Gibbons 4 месяца назад

    Great talk

  • Contemplative Corinne
    Contemplative Corinne 4 месяца назад

    My home was the war zone. The bullets were flying plates. The bombs were the sounds of terror from a raging parent who lost control. And the never knowing what day, what hour, what moment or event would set her off again...living in the knowing that it WILL happen any time now. PTSD is an unwelcome guest reminding us most cruelly what we believed we had finally escaped.

  • Crazy Nerd
    Crazy Nerd 4 месяца назад

    i have seen people that stress out over not having their phones with them at all times. they cant go without 5 min without it

  • Sharon Roy
    Sharon Roy 4 месяца назад +3

    I just realized because of this video what my pstd trigger is which is a really horrible trigger to have: When I know someone is lying and I call their Bluff and they won't come clean, I get pdtd symptoms because of the abuse that I personally experienced and saw firsthand of others but could do nothing about it.

  • Sharon Roy
    Sharon Roy 4 месяца назад

    Absolutely wonderful Ted talk thank you I have pstd also and I was never in the military entirely different situations more than one

  • Aki Scott
    Aki Scott 4 месяца назад

    My Mother's behavior all my childhood life has left me with PTSD😢😢😢

  • Kal Campbell
    Kal Campbell 4 месяца назад

    It's worrisome 2 realize while listening to her describe the husband that she just described me to the exact as well, I just wish someone could educate the unfortunate individuals around me that are having to deal with my occasional lapses in self awareness..smh

  • Christian Sutter
    Christian Sutter 4 месяца назад

    The ride feeling became the flashback. I feel a need to flee my environment where victimizations occur and feel as if I no longer fit into the normal world. I'm trying. Thanks for words of confidence and scientific explanation in the brain. I really want to get it figured out.

  • Christian Sutter
    Christian Sutter 4 месяца назад

    Red zone! Prefrontal cortex going bing.

  • Christian Sutter
    Christian Sutter 4 месяца назад

    Inspiring thoughts of a cyber-healing movement. Creating content in aims to heal mental health issues.

  • Rory M
    Rory M 4 месяца назад

    I lived long with the fear of losing my life. Many years I struggled alone. Hearing this video brings me much relief because I never thought to think about the damage that experience had on my brain.

  • Christopher Fuller
    Christopher Fuller 4 месяца назад

    She was bloody fantastic

  • Emanuel Magalhães Fróes
    Emanuel Magalhães Fróes 4 месяца назад

    15 hurry minutes can nothing against PTSD.

  • Devotchka
    Devotchka 4 месяца назад

    I had PTSD..from childhood events to threats on my life in college. I tried my best to 'keep it together' and 'do what I needed to do' cause I felt I HAD to...I was working 16hr days while having horrible anxiety and destructive coping mechanisms.
    When I finally swallowed my pride and crashed and burned with family...I had the time to be inside my head and really mull over and process everything I was doing wrong mentally. Then the PTSD went away, and I was able to work again. Some time after that, I learned to let go of the negative emotions associated with PTSD (revenge, anger, hate) and then I felt like a completely new person.. I'm my 'old self' again and I couldn't be happier. Currently working on outward self-improvement (appearance and surroundings) but that's all that's left. It seems like many people with PTSD keep plugging away at a normal life to keep up appearances but the mental blocks never go away or crop up at the worst times. Sometimes you have to live 'inside your head' a bit to really beat the demons.

  • The WET TEE!!!!
    The WET TEE!!!! 4 месяца назад

    Silent SCREAMING is more of a description for me and I’m from the hood !! So there’s no understanding !! There’s a lot of more of SNAP OUT OF IT !! which makes everything worse and then your fighting or in a fetal position at home for weeks !!!

  • Ashley Collier
    Ashley Collier 4 месяца назад

    Hello, great video! I was diagnosed with cptsd and bipolar disorder. I decided to write a book on it. I would love for you to do a review on the book. Let me know if you're interested. I also have an inspiration RU-clip Channel that you can check out at Swatsquad101.

  • Sharon Croad
    Sharon Croad 4 месяца назад +2

    Fantastic to hear that tonight .. Always had PA Nick attacks .. Had the most hurendouse one in 2001 . that then caused so much fear and anxiety in my life and sent me to bad places ,.. But never understood what happened ... Went from normal happy person to hiding in constant fear ... Its horrible but learning to cope and learn is never ending x

  • Sara Blackwolf Dancer
    Sara Blackwolf Dancer 4 месяца назад

    The "silent scream" often appears on still pictures of people who suffer from PTSD. It's in their eyes. Complex PTSD is layers upon layers of trauma, and often self-reinforces. Once our brains are wired for danger like that, almost anything highly stressful can become a trigger. For example, my stepmother used to really come down hard on me and my sister when we didn't follow the rules or expectations. The thing was, we didn't know what the rules WERE, or what her expectations WERE, so how could we possibly meet them? She'd scream, spank, etc, and I felt unsafe around her. Eventually, I coped by becoming shall we say "pugnacious" around her, and a few months ago someone got after me when I didn't know what the rules were and didn't have the tools to do what they were expecting me to do, and I had a full on week-long meltdown internally. Or, my grown daughter used to play helpless with her homework, ask me to help, and then absolutely shut her brain off before I'd even finished my first sentence. She'd make it MY fault she wasn't getting her homework done and as it turns out she's really struggling in life because she never learned how to apply herself, motivate herself. Recently, I had a meltdown when my 10 year old son behaved like that. It was being expected to accomplish something I couldn't possibly do, and then being blamed (punished) for it. It was being POWERLESS.

  • Kimberli Jacobsen
    Kimberli Jacobsen 4 месяца назад

    I have PTSD due to finding my 21 yo son dead. He was gone for many hours. I haven't been the same since nor felt like who I was. No one knows the pain and I keep it in most of the time.

  • floretta epling
    floretta epling 4 месяца назад


  • brokeninkbirds fly beyond
    brokeninkbirds fly beyond 5 месяцев назад +1

    not sure about the comments but i thought the lady was talking about her husband in combat as 1 example of what people with PTSD go through, i'm assuming that she was generalising PTSD and providing symptoms and examples of what could happen i didn't think she was stating that only Veteran's had it?? i dunno correct me i'm confused

  • Tonya Malone
    Tonya Malone 5 месяцев назад


  • Mary Beth Marlar
    Mary Beth Marlar 5 месяцев назад

    Where can one get treatment for ptsd amd cptsd? So many therapists don't do it properly, especially CPT

    • Nivia Vallejo
      Nivia Vallejo 4 месяца назад

      I went to a Phsyciatrist for inhabit forming meds . it's a great feeling When you can recognize what the matter with you and relate to it . therapy and self help , some meds all will be well .

  • xic777
    xic777 5 месяцев назад

    thanks that helped a ton, still battling with it but atleast i know where to start now

  • iSecret Art
    iSecret Art 5 месяцев назад

    Thank you Janet.! I​ recently got diagnosed with PTSD thanks for explaining it so well

  • Rosie Connell
    Rosie Connell 5 месяцев назад

    Why is everyone moaning about vet mentions? She's using it as an example from what she's seen first hand. She said there are many ways of getting PTSD, including cyber bullying.
    I got diagnosed with PTSD after a terrible acid trip three years ago, I'm still affected today - a lot of people don't take that very seriously when I tell them.

  • Ima Go Apesht
    Ima Go Apesht 5 месяцев назад

    How do you get someone to admit/realize that they suffer with PTSD?

    • Nivia Vallejo
      Nivia Vallejo 4 месяца назад +1

      Go I g to a therapist or as I did a Phsyciatrist he explained it to me . I was able to recognize it and excepting it .

  • King_Panda
    King_Panda 5 месяцев назад

    What about the trauma left behind by the returning heroes?

  • Sierra Nyokka
    Sierra Nyokka 5 месяцев назад

    To those saying they wish PTSD were not only associated with combat - it isn't. This talk is about war related PTSD. There are other talks about other types of PTSD. This isn't a contest. We can listen to this story and not make it about us. Vietnam veterans have done a lot of work to bring the issues of war related PTSD into our conversation - how about letting them have a 15 minute TED talk?

    • Sierra Nyokka
      Sierra Nyokka 4 месяца назад

      For anyone looking for resources on childhood related PTSD the book "Childhood Disrupted" by Donna Jackson Nakazawa is a wonderful resource.

  • Nani Mom
    Nani Mom 5 месяцев назад

    My perception is controlled by an agonizing desperation to avoid & disconnect asap from all social expectations so I can breathe again. The label pstd was given so my eccentric distorted views are explainable to others. Without any interest to judge others or the ideas expressed about topic; I would like to understand why social stigmas have such potentially malicious influence.

  • L Manning
    L Manning 5 месяцев назад

    USN Ret. I have no words to describe, how I could not... talk about my service injury. Once I received some treatment, I cannot shut up.
    Asking for help was hardest thing. Grateful.

  • Ollie Mitchell
    Ollie Mitchell 5 месяцев назад

    Present habitat gather church compete below before night.

  • Boalol lal
    Boalol lal 5 месяцев назад

    That's one heck of a wife.
    Devotion if i ever knew it.

  • Jamileh
    Jamileh 5 месяцев назад +1

    Yes I agree with is , it is pretty much a "silent scream" and nobody understand people who really suffering from PTSD

  • BarbaraMerry Geng
    BarbaraMerry Geng 5 месяцев назад

    Thank you for sharing. I grew up with parents who had PSTD, and I have it, too. You’re right, other people are my triggers.. I am working on taking better care of myself, in any way I can..🙏🏽🌸🌿

  • Problem Child
    Problem Child 5 месяцев назад

    This made more sense next to a few simple questions: "What does this field potentially have to lose? What threatens it more than anything? What can it not permit without trauma to its foundation? What is avoided? Conspicuous by absence? Emphasized with enthused, expressive flourishes you might expect in a soap powder commercial. Rather than an attempt to understand PTSD.

  • OfficiallyDaReal Cheezcake
    OfficiallyDaReal Cheezcake 5 месяцев назад

    I have PTSD I'm always breaking out in sweats& blacking out when Im in a room of more than 3 people including myself 🤦🏽 I hide it well sometimes if I don't pass out🤷🏽 Anyhow I'm accepting any advice that will help me feel normal💯

  • Amanda Brisbane
    Amanda Brisbane 6 месяцев назад

    Brilliant- Thanku.

  • Sandra Nelson
    Sandra Nelson 6 месяцев назад +4

    I have had to learn to deal with a recurring chronic infectious illness that causes a great deal of pain and mess. And complete helplessness. I have had to deal with living in dangerous situations. My brain's answer was to stop sleeping. STOP SLEEPING, because being asleep is dangerous.
    I live in a much safer environment now, have for a few years. But my brain still says oh no, don't you DARE got to sleep!!! If I can get a few hours a night I'm doing well. I've got obesity. VERY limited energy. And a bad memory.
    I'm on disability, I can't work. Working causes the situation that causes the infection.
    I am always dreading the return of the infection. Even when I know I have done what I can to prevent it, I KNOW it will come back. And I will be trapped in a bed for 6 or 4 months. In severe pain, needing nursing visits, unable to take care of myself. Helpless. Helpless. Helpless. So when my legs twinge, or seem more swollen I get anxious. Really anxious.
    Depression anyone? That's a close friend to PTSD. Along with anxiety.

  • Amina Miah
    Amina Miah 6 месяцев назад

    I hate when people talk about serenty prayer - for me it doesn't work

  • Liza Urena
    Liza Urena 6 месяцев назад

    Meditation in God Almighty ,🙏❤️💒

  • Nick Casas
    Nick Casas 6 месяцев назад

    Coolaid stops anxiety and depression sugar helps brain turn negative thoughts to positive , quit all medication drugs and alcohol and have 3 sugar drinks per day you'll be strong and happy everyday

  • reyes robledo
    reyes robledo 6 месяцев назад

    the things she said I have ptsd can make me aggressive violent angry anxious have out burst ive woken up sweaty I have bad dreams nightmares my right eye left arm left side of my face and my head twitch I feel like I have it bad because the divorce had more of an effect on me then my mom sometimes I space out and then I come back to reality

  • carrie snow
    carrie snow 6 месяцев назад

    This is probably the most annoying Ted Talk that I have ever heard..not well presented at all.

  • Lilian Sorensen
    Lilian Sorensen 6 месяцев назад

    Im not military i know who have it cyber bullying bullying and child abused