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Posted 25 February 2013 - 02:06 PM
Posted 04 March 2013 - 01:00 AM
This is to all those people who all of a sudden started talking about the HPA axis when i discussed DP/DR's relation to disorders such as PTSD and Burnout Syndrome. That i will state right here that a common thread that is seen in the majority of
DR, PTSD, Burnout patients is an atrophied hippocampus.
So basically i am saying is most of the pseudoscientist-holistic know-it-all know-nothings here don't know shit (specifically that one bro and others).
There has also been times where i have felt like those people were denigrating the healthy processing of emotions, and they seem to be supporting repression and compartmentalizing. And here i will show you their new HPA interest and its link to the physiological phenomenon of sobbing:
Y. Biological response to Emotions and Sobbing
It can be very difficult to observe biological effects of crying, especially considering many psychologists believe the environment in which a person cries can alter the experience of the crier. However, crying studies in laboratories have shown several physical effects of crying, such as increased heart rate, sweating, and slowed breathing. Although it appears that the type of effects an individual experiences depends largely on the individual, for many it seems that the calming effects of crying, such as slowed breathing, outlast the negative effects, which could explain why people remember crying as being helpful and beneficial.
A common side effect of crying is feeling a lump in the throat of the crier, otherwise known as a globus sensation. Although many things can cause a globus sensation, the one experienced in crying is a response to the stress experienced by the sympathetic nervous system. When an animal is threatened by some form of danger, the sympathetic nervous system triggers several processes to allow the animal to fight or flee. This includes shutting down unnecessary body functions, such as digestion, and increasing blood flow and oxygen to necessary muscles. When an individual experiences emotions such as sorrow, the sympathetic nervous system still responds in this way. Another function increased by the sympathetic nervous system is breathing, which includes opening the throat in order to increase air flow. This is done by expanding the glottis, which allows more air to pass through. As an individual is undergoing this sympathetic response, eventually the parasympathetic nervous system attempts to undo the response by decreasing high stress activities and increasing recuperative processes, which includes running digestion. This involves swallowing, a process which requires closing the fully expanded glottis to prevent food from entering the larynx. The glottis, however, attempts to remain open as an individual cries. This fight to close the glottis creates a sensation that feels like a lump in the individual's throat.
Posted 04 March 2013 - 01:15 AM
These hormone (crf, acth, cortisol) levels are very hard to test for because of various reasons: very slight changes in concentration can effect people negatively (therefore may only be a negligible rise) and despite changes it is still largely regulated back to an equilibrium and also finding a true resting state reading is hard b/c any sort of stressor (such as a car ride even) can effect levels.
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