Triggers

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scroll down or click on the link to read: 1. What does it mean to be triggered? 1.2 Trigger Info-graph 2. What is a trigger? 3. How do I recognise a Trigger? 4. What causes Triggers? 5. How to overcome Triggers

1️⃣ What does it mean to be triggered?

To be ‘triggered’ is to be unexpectedly reminded of:

▶️ event,

▶️ place,

▶️ or person that

That you want to forget as it makes you feel as if you back in that dangerous place and you have to summon up the energy to defend and protect yourself again.

Triggers are like little psychic explosions that crash through avoidance and bring the dissociated, avoided trauma suddenly, unexpectedly, back into consciousness.” 
― Carolyn Spring

1️⃣.2️⃣ Trigger Info-graph

2️⃣ What is a trigger?

A trigger is a system in your brain designed to keep you alive. When your brain senses a cue that there is danger present. Your brain will trigger the automatic release of stress hormones and which will decide how to respond, . Should you react in:

▶️ fight or flight mode?

▶️ Or appease or Freeze?


Your defence trigger could take the from of a physical, mental or emotional reaction. Your reminder could be a

▶️ sight,

▶️ sound,

▶️ taste,

▶️ smell or

▶️ touch.

It could be a:

▶️ situation or

▶️ even the way you or someone else moves.


3️⃣ How do i recognise a trigger?

You tend to notice things in your body first of all. So when you are triggered you feel as if you:

▶️ can’t breathe,

▶️ you feel sick,

▶️ your clench your muscles and jaw.

It is unlikely that you are physically unwell. The more probable explanation is that the reminders trigger uncomfortable emotions such as panic and fear. But you may wish to remember that Triggers are just reminders to you that your trauma is unhealed and you may need to seek treatment.

4️⃣ What causes triggers?

When your brains memories confuse the time line of the fearful past with time in the ‘here and now’. Your body responds to these imaginary ‘threats’ to save you from danger by releasing more fight-or-flight stress hormones. Causing more uncomfortable physical reactions. Such as a pounding heart, dripping with sweat, stomach aches.


▶️ This confusing past memories with present ones is called a flashback. event in the present.

▶️ Triggers can evolve over time so different things or objects can be or become your triggers.

As triggers are influenced by what behaviour and/or emotions your brain feels was the safest. You will get to the stage where the triggered response will not be in your best interests. And instead of keeping you safe, these trigger/s are hurting you. Emotionally.

4️⃣.1️⃣ Triggers can come from:

▶️ within (internal) or

▶️ the environment (external).

4️⃣. 2️⃣ Internal Trigger

An internal trigger can be cued from a memory, a physical sensation, or an emotion.

They are often experienced as:

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▶️ Pain
▶️ Muscle tension
▶️ Memories
▶️ Anger
▶️ Sadness and Loneliness
▶️ Anxiety
▶️ Feeling overwhelmed,
▶️ Feeling vulnerable,
▶️ Feeling abandoned,
▶️ Feeling out of control

4️⃣.3️⃣ External Triggers

External triggers cues come from the environment. They can be:

▶️ person,

▶️ place,

▶️ or a specific situation. 

If the memories of the traumatic event are tied to a doctors surgery or hospital. When entering any healthcare related environment, your threat activation system is triggered and your body and brain stress chemicals prepare to go into battle to ‘protect’ you.

5️⃣ How to overcome Triggers