Contrary to popular belief, the hippocampus is not a place where hippopotami go for higher learning. It is actually a seahorse-shaped structure deep within our brains that has to do with memory and emotions and is implicated in PTSD, TBI, fibromyalgia, depressionand many other psychological conditions. Trauma has been shown to atrophy the hippocampi and various therapies have been shown to rehabilitate it.
A curious legal decision from the Michigan Appeals Court, Overweg v. Thomas, contained a psychologically erroneous ruling that PTSD did not reach Michigan’s threshold regarding serious impairment of a body function. Overweg involved a 2008 tragic auto accident in which a woman viewed her husband’s death.
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