Understanding Trauma Triggers

Understanding Trauma Triggers

NOT A TRIGGER

It’s normal to feel upset, anxious, or extremely uncomfortable when we encounter difficult content.  

Having these strong reaction is normal and learning to regulate them is part of healthy emotional development

TRIGGER

Trauma triggers are different. They often include a loss of a person’s sense of time, space, and/or self.

Emotion is amplified, completely muffled, or sometimes seemingly unrelated to a situation. Triggers are like a trapdoor in the brain.

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