Let’s Talk About What a Trauma Trigger Actually Is

The overuse of “triggered” incorrectly is worsening mental health crises for people with PTSD

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Being Triggered Looks and Feels Like This

Time slips sideways and you are back in that exact moment of the traumatic incident as if it was actually happening again. The flashbacks to those moments can be so vivid it’s like a hallucination and you might feel like you’re losing your mind.

Triggers Are Not a Punchline

Triggers are not funny and they are the furthest thing from a joke. Of course there are levels to the experience of being triggered, from mild to extreme, and if someone has trusted you enough to tell you about their traumatic incident(s) it’s with the hope that you can be a safe place for them to be around and actually enjoy their life without worrying about an accidental emotional breakdown. Unfortunately, most PTSD sufferers will end up building their lives around the trauma, cultivating buffers so we can feel protected and not have these kinds of events happen in public, which is mortifying by itself even without bringing the original trauma into it.

Multiracial Sri Lankan American and TCK writing about pop culture sociology, horror, travel, PTSD and trauma, as well as the occasional flash horror fiction.

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