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Why do I keep picturing the trauma at random times during the day and night?

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Last Updated: 07/31/2017 at 12:42am
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February 5th, 2015 6:00am
While these experiences are upsetting, they are a fairly normal response that we can have to trauma. Traumatic situations can disrupt our thinking patterns, and these random flashbacks are not unlike a TV trying to find the correct channel. Our minds need time to heal after experiencing trauma, and it is a good idea to allow ourselves that time It is part of the healing process.
March 31st, 2015 9:32pm
maybe yo haven't repaired from it. you should try talking about it with someone it will help alot. it takes time
April 30th, 2015 1:53pm
It might be PTSD from an old traumatic experience. May I recommend that you seek a mental health counselor.
June 13th, 2015 5:09am
You are experiencing the traumatic event over and over again as there may have been something you consciously missed, unconsciously trying to jog your memory. They can be so real they drag you back to re/experiencing traumatic event.. Can be triggered by smell, touch,sight, sound,, smell and taste. Important to learn how to recognise triggers, be in safe environment/therapy to explore these issues.night time/early morning waking can feel very isolating, you are only one alive, having this problem, you are not. By watching TV, listening to radio/music/relaxing, having hot ,milky drink, not using electric devises eg computers.ensure room cool, not cold. Conducive to sleep. Know that this is temporary, won't last and that you are safe.
September 16th, 2015 12:40am
If you are having issues regarding a past trauma such as getting over it or having flashbacks, perhaps you should speak with a counselor or therapist who could help with your feelings.
December 15th, 2015 5:13pm
I know that harder you try to ignore it the more frequent and intense it will be. Maybe give yourself a time frame of when to think about it and than turn your thoughts elsewhere. It's very difficult but you can train your mind to limit this and it will eventually become a harmless memory.
December 27th, 2015 6:04pm
Give yourself a deadline to think about it, and then stop thinking about it because it might affect your life later so if it continues I recommend going to therapist who can help you
June 12th, 2017 1:12am
Flashbacks and nightmares are common when someone has been through a traumatic event. Taking to someone about the trauma and gaining support from those around you that you trust, or health professionals can be a good way of healing from your trauma and stopping your flash backs.
July 31st, 2017 12:42am
You may have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Flashbacks are common with PTSD, and are usually terrifying or distressing. It's been three years since my traumatic event, and I still get the odd flashback or even nightmares about it. A psychologist can help work out how you can get through flashbacks. They're not forever, but they are awfu things to go through at all.