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What are Trauma Triggers?

Trauma Triggers can appear in two different forms.  One kind is the trigger you have and you are brought back to your trauma instantly.  A certain scent, a certain sound or sight. 

The other trigger you can experience is an emotional reaction to a circumstance you find yourself in.  For example, if your trauma happened when you were a child, you reacted in a certain way to protect yourself.  Let’s say you did not live in a safe environment.  You are now an adult, and you hear a noise outside.  You may immediately jump to the conclusion that you are not safe – someone is out to get you.  You immediately put yourself into the fight, flight or freeze mode (sympathetic nervous system).  You figure out that it was your cat outside.  You are emotionally exhausted due to putting yourself in the sympathetic mode and now have all these hormones floating around in your body and it will take several hours before these hormones will...

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