Don’t know if my offer will personally resonate to you but I wanted to try. I taught various classes for some of our Forces. Those whom had been captured, intense combat, ect. had stages of non-recognition of their environment when they were jolted out of night terrors or flashbacks. One in particular used an object suspended near his side of the bed that he imprinted to mean ‘safe’. It kept him from going into fighting for survival mode and hurting his wife.
I personally had to go through some training in therapy to assist with my tricks or techniques to ground during fight or flight flash from night terrors. As I began to process some of the trauma or delve in therapy my ‘ball of yarn’ persay began to unravel in unsettling ways.
It was important to me to understand where my responsibilities rested after the initial flush from triggers. I came to rest in that it is OK to feel what I need to feel but how I choose to act on it is key.
Glad you opened up:stay well. You are more than your PTSD...keep the faith!
Yes this is what I do. Before taking my med cocktail and getting my service dog I may even have had to call some of my team members in the middle of the night to make sure they were safe. Prazosin helped a lot with the nightmares. My dog is always beside me and will wake me if I am having one now. She can ground me more than anything.
There are always degrees to mine. Some worse than others. Some I can function with and others are debilitating. Keeping stress in check helps tremendously. I still may blow up but it is not as often as before getting the tools to help me recognize what is going on. Again the dog helps there too. She can sense it far better than I can.