How does your brain deal with a difficult trauma?

We know there are mechanisms in our brains and bodies for processing – getting rid of – trauma because many people often fully or significantly recover from all types of trauma. Sometimes these mechanisms are explained in concrete, scientific terms e.g. the interplay between different parts of the brain, and sometimes they appear to defy explanation when trauma disappears, as if by magic. What’s not in doubt though is the fact that mechanisms do exist. This article looks at examples from my own therapeutic practice to better understand the way our brains deal with trauma.