Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Triggers

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Triggers

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Triggers

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder triggers are things that can make you recall the traumatic event without any warning.  When you experience PTSD what’s actually happening is you’re going through a trance-like state that brings you back to the traumatic event you’ve experience in the past. When you’re in this trance state it evokes all your senses.


You may feel as if you can still smell the environment, or you could feel the same coolness or heat from that day, you can hear very clearly the sounds that were present at the time of the event.  Any the images of the event in your mind are vivid and intense in color.


You may even experience a certain taste in your mouth. These are all the same things you experience in hypnosis when you’re deep in trance. Using all the senses makes an experience even more intense and realistic.


When traumatic events happen, you will feel powerful and intense emotions.   This of course is a normal response and it’s healthy to give yourself the space to express these feelings.  You may even experience physical body reactions including a heart palpitations, nausea, tensed muscles in your body or you may even feel disconnection as if you’re having an out of body experience.


During this time of trauma, your body has recorded every visual detail of the event plus your reactions and emotions attached to the event. During episodes of reliving the trauma, your body runs through the motions of what it did at the time of the event.  This is how the physical symptoms come back at will and you can have an outpour of emotions.

All that’s needed to relive the event is a trigger.  A trigger is something that you’ve attached to the trauma by association.


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Triggers Can Include:


  • The anniversary date of the trauma
  • Sounds
  • Smells
  • Tastes
  • Faces
  • Places
  • People
  • Reports of similar accidents or traumas
  • Injuries from the event
  • Nightmares
  • Flashbacks
  • Movies or books that mention a similar situation
  • Ambulances or police cars
  • Physical pain
  • Conflicts or arguments
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attack
  • Music


This is why a loud sound can trigger back the event or seeing something in the newspaper that’s similar to your experience can trigger back the event. Hearing news of someone’s recovery can bring you back to the event. Even a smell, song, anniversary date or place can trigger back the experience of the traumatic event.


Coping with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Triggers


Learning to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder triggers includes identifying what your specific triggers.  Keep a diary or journal to write down anytime you are being triggered by something and what happened during that time.  The more you can write down about what happened, the easier it will be to find a way to deal with the triggers in the future.


Coping with PTSD triggers also includes accepting that you will have emotions and you will have emotional leaks.  Sometimes tears will slip out and sometimes you will get frustrated and that’s ok.  Let yourself experience what you need to experience so you can heal your emotional, mental and physical pain.


Other methods of coping with PTSD are relaxation techniques and self-care.  Relaxation techniques include massage, reiki, yoga, mindfulness, meditation and self-hypnosis. Self care includes eating healthy food, exercising your body, getting a good nights sleep and spending time with friends who make you feel good.


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms  can be treated successfully with clinical hypnotherapy to reduce the intensity of anxiety, depression, anger and other associated emotional responses.


Clinical hypnotherapy can also change memories and images that have manifested as flashbacks so you can go back to living your life without the traumatic event taking over.


If you think you may be at risk of PTSD, seek help and gain clarity on what you can do, identify your triggers and your symptoms and keep track of your emotional responses. Seek help by contacting your doctor, get counselling or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatment with clinical hypnotherapy.


There are many choices of treatment available for you. The best thing to do is take action now and talk to someone about what you’re going through.