This got me thinking, What is a trigger for you, and how do you overcome it?
Sorry I missed your thread... great replies.
I enjoy reading your posts... the funny ones too.
Yes by cMarch this year, it would've been easier to ask what DOESN'T trigger you?
EVERYTHING triggered me & so many into full blown PTSD tumbling. It was relentless.
Intrusive thoughts almost 24/7, vivid nightmares every night.
Then I saw a new psych. This time one specialising in trauma.
In answer to your question above... I'll put it in a different way than my psych did.
"Visuals" help me alot. I hope they help you too!
I DREW this for myself to start with...
A TREE with branches coming out from the ground.
I drew my tree laying down for reasons I can explain if needed...
Tree starts at the left hand side & goes into thinner & more & more branches to the right.
The place or person that triggered this event is on the top of the tree at the right hand side. (It's at the tip of one of the thin branches).
I will take a real (past) trigger of mine being Bunnings.
Trigger happened... so when I left, got home and calmed down I asked myself a series of questions... ending with last question WHO was it?
Whenever I followed my trigger all the way back to the root cause, in my case, there was ALWAYS only 2 people. It took time and only when I was at home.
I did this countless times, it was only ever those 2.
I'll call them Z and X.
Then after realising this I did my own exposure therapy (psych had taught me how).
She thought I could handle doing it on my own bec she measured my "come down" rate after being triggered and it was acceptable to her.
I hope that's clear - ish?
When I dug and dug and DUG Deep, there was only Z & X.
I knew Z & X were no longer in my life.
But during the trigger when my mind seemed totally out of my control, affirming to myself "I'm safe" on repeat was a fast come down.
I can get slightly "anxious" or even upset but zero "triggers" anywhere near the magnitude of the PTSD experiences I was having.... like 3% max now compared to them.
But I took leave, covered LOTS of ground, literally going places I thought would trigger me.
Once I got expert at "the tree" I just don't trigger. It just makes sense.
I might trigger in the future but I have my tree lol.
Dealing with intrusive thoughts was another part of the therapy.