Triggers can include sights, sounds, smells, or thoughts that remind you of the traumatic event in some way. Some PTSD triggers are obvious, such as seeing a news report of an assault. Others are less clear. For example, if you were attacked on a sunny day, seeing a bright blue sky might make you upset.
How does PTSD get triggered?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition thats triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.
Do people with PTSD get triggered easily?
PTSD triggers may be all around you. Even though it may sometimes feel like PTSD symptoms come out-of-the-blue, PTSD symptoms rarely spontaneously occur.
How do you know when your PTSD is triggered?
Symptoms associated with PTSD include:Intrusive thoughts of the event.Spontaneous surfacing of memories that feel like flashbacks.Distressing dreams.Avoiding anything that reminds one of the experience.Negative thoughts and feelings.Distorted beliefs about oneself or others.Fear, horror, anger, guilt, or shame.More items •20 May 2019