Sunday, September 2, 2012

How to Screen Everything

Enjoying your holiday weekend? No TV today. After this, time for a nice lunch.

First, the pressure and emptiness are still there. We just try to keep in mind that it's trauma coming out. It's not abnormal. It's not an imminent nervous breakdown. However, that still doesn't make it less scary at times as you try to focus.

As for the triggering stuff that's everywhere you look, our suggestion is screen everything. Do you really need to look at this? Unless your boss says yes, ask why. Is this really necessary? Or, is this going to cause endless dissociating and other problems. Do you really need to dissociate for two weeks after trying to deal with some of this? That's happened to us.

Some other ideas:

You can't make others understand about trauma.

You're not responsible for what others do and say.

You have to protect yourself, because nobody else will do it for you.

Unless you're a CEO or a doctor, do you really need to be available 24/7?

Do you feel like you can trust anyone?

How do you keep your trauma symptoms in check?

Is PTSD a mental illness? Or, an emotional/physical problem?

It's taken us a really long time to get to the point of feeling like we can actually get anger out without blacking out (because of a stuck fight-or-flight mechanism). Which means that's good. But it's also sad and frustrating all at the same time.

Have a fun day.

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