What is an Emotional Trigger?
An Emotional Trigger is a response to a person, situation, event etc, that provokes a strong emotional reaction. A trigger sets off an Emotional Flashback of past trauma. Often we are not self-aware when we are triggered.
My Identified Emotional Triggers
- Unclear communications.
- False communications. Dishonesty.
- Not being listen to / heard.
- Not being understood.
- Feeling inadequate.
- Feeling judged.
- Feeling ridiculed.
- Being put down.
- Confusion. Not being clear on something.
- Social situations.
- Authorities and meetings / dealings with people of authority.
- Bad Memories.
I will add to this list as I realise other triggers, bound to be more.
As PTSD never quite goes away, I am going to have to learn to avoid triggers. Not easy when you have a list like that! I never knew about triggers until last year. I was just rolling with life, looping between feeling strong and depressed. Wondering if I was going crazy. Not understanding what was happening to me inside my head. Looping over and over past traumas. Now I understand triggers. Now I understand Emotional Flashbacks. Now I know when to speak to people and ask for help. I know my strengths and I know my weaknesses. Hopefully with time the weaknesses will decrease and the strengths will increase. I feel at the moment that I am stuck in a bit of a limbo. I am learning about my mental health, but at the same time it still bewilders me because I recognise now that I am not in control, but in a different way. Before, I was just ‘out of control’ and felt ‘crazy’. Now, I am seeing patterns, processes, triggers. So I am having to learn to live my life in a different way. I am on an emotional roller coaster at the moment. Tearful, worn out. I know this loop well. Except this time it’s different. Before, I knew it would end and I would feel stronger. Now, I know it needs managing. It will still end, but now I am consciously aware of what’s going on inside my head. I will feel a different stronger. I don’t feel strong yet. But I feel different.
One step at a time.
I begin an Anxiety Management group soon. That is the first step.