Triggers trip the Threat switch.

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

1️⃣ What does it mean to be triggered?

To be ‘triggered’ is to be a sudden and unexpected reminder of something that happened to you. The reminder could be of a:

▶️ 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

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2️⃣ What is a trigger?

A trigger is similar to our brain designed to keep you alive. When your brain senses a cue that there is danger present. This threat, real or imaginary will trigger the automatic release of stress hormones and which will help you decide how to respond

Should you react:

▶️ In fight or flight mode?

▶️ Or appease or Freeze mode

Many different things can serve to remind you that you are in danger. Your reminder, or tigger, 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. The fight or fight response makes you feel:

▶️ jumpy, startled

▶️ nervous

▶️ agitated

▶️ and on edge

▶️ your clench your muscles and jaw.

The I don’t know what to of freeze or please like me so you won’t hurt me of appease makes you feel:

▶️ can’t breathe,

▶️ you feel sick,

▶️ can’t move

▶️ can’t talk

You may decide that the most plausible reason for this is that you are unwell. But the more probable explanation is that the uncomfortable emotions such as panic and fear. Is the default out of office signature survival response from a threat in response to a trigger. Hopefully it will be comforting to remind yourself that Triggers are your burglar alarm system that blares to alert you to an intruder.

4️⃣ What causes triggers?

When the burglar alarm is triggered and starts to make a noise. Even while your response is two fold. To ask your stress security guard to go and check for danger. And if the security guard finds no danger, it needs to call the control room and reset the alarm. If this happens often enough then needs to burglar alarm and control room stop listening to the security guard. So the burglar alarm keeps on ringing. 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.

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▶️ 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