Ongoing research suggests that a better understanding of the vagus nerve could revolutionize how we treat various physical and mental health conditions, including epilepsy, obesity, inflammatory disorders, depression, and anxiety (Wade, 2023; Neuhuber & Berthoud, 2022).
Not only that, but according to the polyvagal theory, lowering “autonomic states that support threat reactions” and boosting ones that encourage feelings of safety can benefit our psychological wellbeing, potentially helping individuals who have experienced trauma (Porges, 2022, p. 2).
This article introduces the polyvagal theory and some of its challenges and offers exercises and resources to support its use by mental health practitioners with their clients.
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