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Trigger Events and PTSD Spouses

September 1, 2011

What is the difference between PTSD Flashbacks and Trigger EventsPTSD Trigger events are usually much less severe and/or dramatic things that come from recollections of past events.  Things like the “Anniversary of the event” or perhaps a seasonal occurrence that could evokes some sensation in the sufferer. I have found, in my experience that a trigger can be a smell, a sound, some feeling or sight that can bring back these memories. When I would experience them I would write about them because they had such a powerful impact on me and I couldn’t always figure out why?

Certain people, places, or activities may bring the PTSD sufferer back in contact with some painful memories.  It obviously would be best to avoid these triggers if possible but certainly to talk about them with your spouse is important so that you will be let him/ her into the healing process.  We advocate getting these events out in the open so that they can be more normalized.  Talking about them with your PTSD spouse is encouraged so that he/she can openly share their feelings.  As the old saying goes, “Good times doubled, bad times halved.”

If your mate opts not to discusss the situation or things right away don’t force the issue because to do so could risk forcing the PTSD sufferer into a more serious PTSD reaction.  Be supportive and listen and your willingness to be there will provide your mate with a safe haven in his/her struggle.  It will be fairly easy to see that you are on the right track by the feedback you receive. 

As a safe alternative invite your mate to come and post at our site.  It is free and it is always open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Sunshine is the best disinfectant.