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How can I stop thinking about a traumatic event?

5 Answers
Last Updated: 09/21/2015 at 5:07pm
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Top Rated Answers
January 25th, 2015 1:22am
Don't stop thinking about it. Talk through it with someone. Express all your emotions and let it all out. Only when you've confronted the experience can you start to get over it.
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May 5th, 2015 6:02am
By accepting what happened and starting the healing process. Thinking about it is a way your brain is telling you that it's unhealed.
June 16th, 2015 10:50pm
Short term: Distraction; Long term: Therapy Trying to make yourself stop thinking about an event only makes it more likely to happen because you constantly need to reference it to tell yourself what not to think about. For instance, telling yourself not to think about a yellow jeep will make you think about yellow jeeps even if you haven't thought about one all day. But you can learn to process how you feel about an event so that thinking about it no longer causes you distress. Empirically based treatments like Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure are meant to do this - be able to be in touch with a memory without being upset by it. Unfortunately, there is no way to get rid of memories.
September 21st, 2015 5:07pm
Get support. Counselling really helps. Also talk to a friend or family member or anyone else that you trust and are close to. It's hard. Prayers. Hugs xxx
February 17th, 2015 1:01pm
Focus on the positive things in your life, those around you who care about you, and the fun times that still lie ahead in your life.