I know for me the smell of fried chicken puts me in a flashback serving a no knock narcotics warrant that my buddies head got turned into a canoe from a 12 gauge at 4 feet away. They were cooking chicken and were tipped off by a look out so knew we were coming in. Needless to say there is no KFC in my future. ?
Thank you all of your reply!!!A trigger can't be helped.. It's symptomatic. A stressor can lead to a trigger ( making them seperate)
The word "victim" would qualify as a trigger based on what you're written. (In the same way as the OP used "You are so sweet" as a trigger phrase.Sorry for using the term incorrectly.
My therapist uses the term when he sees me get keyed up and we can't figure out the specific reason but we know it's a hot button. FOR instance: I spoke about being referred to as a victim as a "trigger" because it is what my therapist called it. I don't know what specifically in my past makes me have such an extreme reaction. By definition it should probably be called a stressor.
So is a trigger vs a flashback about time (yes I get that it’s not just time)? I have had both that I know fell in one category or the other, firmly so, but I have others I’m unsure of. If you re-experience something but it’s relatively short is it still a flashback? I know this may just be semantics but I do genuinely want to know.Trigger = starts from one of your senses and end instantly in a reaction. Not a full memory or re-experiencing event, ending with an instant symptomatic reaction.
Flashback = a memory recall that could be started via a sense, though could just be started by a thought, though is an actual "re-experiencing" event, whether full or partial, but more than just a fleeting thought. Does not end in an instant symptomatic reaction, though could have some or heightened reactions hours or days later.
No. Duration has nothing to do with anything. Literally forget about duration.So is a trigger vs a flashback about time (yes I get that it’s not just time)?
Semantics is important. You have actually had both if you had a flashback, because preceding a flashback requires a triggering event (one of the five senses) that sends your brain to a past time experience that you now reexperience in one or many various manners (senses, memory, etc)I have had both that I know fell in one category or the other, firmly so, but I have others I’m unsure of. If you re-experience something but it’s relatively short is it still a flashback? I know this may just be semantics but I do genuinely want to know.
You are bringing a focus of flashbacks to this discussion, which the discussion is actually about whether something is a trigger or a stressor.If I can feel it, see it and sometimes smell it but it lasts 20-60 seconds is it a flashback? Sometimes I’m unsure if it happened in real life though as emotionally charged as it is I’m guessing it did. Since the abuse started young and there is a lot of it, I can’t possibly remember all of it (thankfully).
It sounds like criticism and perceived criticism may be a trigger.One recurring pattern that I have is that when someone tells me something negative about myself (or when I perceive it that way) or sometimes when a bad thing like getting a parking ticket for instance happens, I can get very upset and angry