The following three paragraphs are an excerpt from an article by Bob Johnson, MD, entitled Trauma Blocks the Frontal Lobes – “Verbal Physiotherapy” Can Unblock Them, published by Mad In America on 16 October 2018:
“Way back in 1996, in his book Traumatic Stress (page 193), following groundbreaking work with traumatised people, [Dr. Bessel van der Kolk] coined the telling phrase “speechless terror.” Look at that term. Here terror stops you from speaking. Is that significant? Does it apply more widely?
In a recent video (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=53RX2ESIqsM) Bessel calls this having a stroke. I call it a trauma-stroke. He gives us the wonderful notion that trauma makes the frontal lobes and the speech centre go “off-line.” So look closely at what he did. He played an audio tape of music, say, to someone whose brain he was scanning, and all was well. He then played a tape of the gunshot, the car crash, whatever that traumatic event had been, and to his surprise, and my delight, the frontals and Broca’s area of the brain (which is linked to speech production) no longer worked — they shut down.
I put this evidence centre stage. This is the one and only brain scan evidence that applies universally in psychiatry. The mind is difficult to read at the best of times, and impossible to read with a machine, so here we have something scientific, something objective, something available to anyone with the right equipment: trauma stops you from thinking straight. What could be more obvious?”
Here’s the link to the full article: