The Brain on Trauma (Poster)


Trauma is not just a distressing event that happens to us. Trauma is the changes that go on in our brain and body as a result of the event(s).

This poster summarises 7 key areas where our brains are affected by trauma and is a key piece of psychoeducation showing us as survivors that we are neither ‘mad’ nor ‘bad’ – we are simply traumatised.

This is a free downloadable PDF.

Page 1 is a full-colour poster.

Page 2 is a low-ink, print-friendly version.

Trauma is not about feeling distressed at something bad happening. Trauma is something that directly and enduringly affects the brain, and this poster spells out 7 key areas:

  • attention
  • threat response
  • altered states of arousal
  • timekeeping
  • memory
  • self-awareness
  • and integration

Trauma takes us out of daily life mode and into danger mode, where our back brains dominate instead of our front brains.

This simple piece of psychoeducation can help trauma survivors realise that we’re not mad and we’re not bad – we’re simply experiencing the logical, natural and automatic impacts of trauma.

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