Does The Past Haunt You?

One of the commonest symptoms I encounter at the Mind Mantra Wellness Clinic is "the Haunting Past".

A series of events over a few years, or a sudden event is so deeply embedded into the memory cells of the brain, that it keeps triggering vivid images in their mind.

The past becomes a ghost that keeps haunting.

Medically Speaking -
the impact of events onto the memory cells is such, that they trigger the rest of the brain cells to function disproportionately.
Depending on the exact location of brain cells most affected, the following symptoms are seen:

1. "Reliving" the event -

a. Flashback episodes, where the event seems to be happening again and again
b. Repeated upsetting memories of the event
c. Repeated nightmares of the event(s)
d. Daily activities can trigger Strong, uncomfortable reactions to situations that remind you of the event

2. Avoidance -

a. Emotional "numbing," or feeling as though you don't care about anything
b. Increased sadness in the heart.
c. Having a lack of interest in normal activities
d. Avoiding places, people, or thoughts that remind you of the event
e. Feeling like you have no future

3. Normal Brain Activity disruption -

a. Difficulty concentrating
b. Restless mind - constantly running train of thought.
c. Feeling irritable
d. Outbursts of anger which later make you feel guilty.
e. Having trouble falling or staying asleep
f. Continuous Headaches
g. Feeling your heart beat

If any one has 2 or more from each of the above 3 groups, then he/she requires immediate treatment.

Most people who visit me at the Mind Mantra Clinic, take a lot of time to seek help. They have more than 4-5 symptoms from each group. Leading to years of sadness and depression, which could have been prevented long ago. And they could live very happy years.


1. Listening to the events in a professional and structured way. (regular listening is too unstructured and focused on non specific information that dilute the meaning of the "cathartic" session)
2. Medical Check-up - to see the physical damage caused by over-active brain.
3. Complete psychiatric evaluation - that judges the degree of pain and the coping capabilities to fight this problem.

For any further discussion on this topic, feel free to email me

Dr.Hemant Mittal
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