#1 First, we must totally understand “triggers.”
WHAT ARE PTSD TRIGGERS?
Those of us who have been diagnosed with PTSD have had an “original” trauma and experience natural human responses of shock, helplessness, panic, screams, tears and more.
As we move on with life we could have “new” traumas.
These usually “trigger” the same emotions we experienced for the first one, and are not necessarily related what is happening in the “now.”
#2 This takes us to the second step. We question:
WHY DO I REACT SO FEARFULLY ALL OVER AGAIN?
My PTSD experience may help explain. I had Child Abuse Recall at 50. When horrific traumatic memories surfaced, I experienced “original reactions in real time” because I never was allowed to express my emotions and I never had a chance to heal my old wounds.
You see, I had been threatened to keep “it” all a secret and was told no one would help, not even God. The threat was abandonment which is death to a little girl. All my fears were stuffed deep inside of me, forgotten and festering causing me to be very unhappy most of my life.
Now other victims “choose” not clear up the deep wounds of trauma. They dread to face the past and hate to talk about “dirty death secrets” because they wonder, “What will people think?” Sufferers also may not know where to turn and how to start the process of healing.
#3 The third step is the most important one. If we don’t heal the “original” trauma as soon as we can, we will experience “PTSD Triggers” more severely. If we heal the first trauma and we experience new crises, then we can handle them more easily by using the tools we used the first time around.
We me must feel our feelings of the new chaos. Processing the trauma is not only expedited but we also don’t get stuck in the PTSD symptoms for years, as we did before. It took me years and years of living in fear and unhappiness after my “original” childhood trauma, and now I get over the new crises in three weeks to three months. Isn’t it worth a little effort to cope better with “PTSD Triggers?”
Here’s my PTSD mantra: “Set Your PTSD Free and Live in Harmony.”
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