What Are PTSD Triggers?

For those who live with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) every day is like walking through a minefield. While it may feel like your PTSD symptoms come out of nowhere, the reality is that most often your PTSD is triggered by something in your environment. These symptoms can be triggered by something external, like stress or an argument nearby. They can also be triggered internal factors such as uncomfortable feelings or feeling pain or fatigue. The situations, thoughts, and feelings that bring out your PTSD symptoms, like flashbacks or feeling anxious, are your triggers. Identifying what your triggers are is crucial to lessen the impact of your PTSD symptoms.

External Triggers Include:

  • The anniversary of the event
  • Holidays
  • A specific place
  • Seeing someone who reminds you of a person connected to the event
  • Certain smells
  • Witnessing a car accident
  • The end of a relationship
  • Watching a show or movie that reminds you of the event
  • Seeing a news broadcast or reading an article
  • Seeing an argument

Internal Triggers Include:

  • Feeling vulnerable
  • Pain
  • Racing heart
  • Muscle tension
  • Sadness
  • Memories
  • Feeling lonely or abandoned
  • Frustration
  • Loss of control
  • Anger
  • Anxiety

When your PTSD symptoms start, be aware of what is happening around you. Being able to identify the types of situations that you are in, the thoughts you are experiencing, the emotions you are feeling and your physical reaction can help you pinpoint both the internal and external triggers that are causing your symptoms. While you may not be able to avoid these triggers, knowing what they are can help you take steps to manage the symptoms that they cause.

As a result of your awareness of your triggers, your emotional reactions to them may begin to be more predictable and easily controlled. Identifying your triggers can be a triggering event so it is crucial that you have a plan in place to deal with the distress you may experience in doing so.

Living with PTSD is difficult. If you struggle with uncontrolled PTSD, or you know someone who does, Legacy Freedom can help. For thousands of clients, we have been able to improve their quality of life, provide valuable coping mechanisms, and connect them with the support, understanding, and guidance they need to live with PTSD. Our holistic approach to mental health care doesn't just focus on your PTSD, we treat the whole person. Our outpatient treatment center has a licensed dietician and physical therapist on staff as well as therapists and alternative treatment practitioners.

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