What are triggers and how do I know if I have one?

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PeacefulFlute74
June 22nd, 2016 4:54pm
Triggers are something in your present that triggers a pain from your past, causing a very strong emotional reaction. You can often realize you've been triggered if you see yourself overreacting to something which is happening. Or if you are being treated (or mistreated) like everyone else, but you are having a much stronger response to it. For instance, your boss is behaving badly and everyone else in the office is mildly annoyed, but you are very, very upset by it. Your boss might be treating you like an abusive past partner, or an abusive parent used to.
Greatlistener87
June 23rd, 2016 6:08am
Triggers are situations or circumstances that puts u in a very uncomfortable place and that makes you react in a way that surprises u or causes you to overreact.
Pleiades924
July 29th, 2016 7:19pm
A trigger is something that sets off a flashback transporting the person back to the event of her/his original trauma. Everyone has different triggers. They are very personal, so any particular sight, sound, smell, touch, or taste can be a trigger.
SunFlower700
March 18th, 2017 1:04am
Triggers are when you have a not good memory of something so when someone talks about a similar situation you remember your own memory which makes you feel hurt again. You know if you have one by watching your feelings, it can take some time with some pain to make sure you have a trigger. I know it's hard but you can avoid triggers once you discover them, It really worth. Like I say one time pain is always better than every time pain. Watch your feelings, see which subject remembers you with the not good memories in your life and makes you feel bad.
CoffeeDrinker247
October 15th, 2017 10:55am
A trigger is anything that sets off a flashback or memory of an event, especially a traumatic one. It can be brought on literally by any combination of the 5 senses. For example, it could be brought on by someone who looks like or acts like someone who attacked or abused a the person having the flashback. They are very personal and differ from person to person. If you have survived a traumatic experience then you most likely have some sort of trigger or triggers. You will notice that you will avoid situations, places, and other stimuli that you associate with the triggers since these flashbacks tend to create the same emotional intensity that you experienced during the traumatic event.
WarmShadow8
June 3rd, 2018 5:00am
Triggers is a term commonly used in Psychology. Basically it's a stimulus that reminds a person about past events, unconscious feelings that are rooted from a previous trauma. If something triggers these things, a person could suddenly become anxious because of the feeling of being unsafe once again. Personally, I believe everyone has something that triggers them. Not just on becoming anxious but getting angry, etc.
dreamingCat7474
June 17th, 2016 6:26pm
Triggers are present occurrences that trigger and emotion or memory of the past bringing the past to the present. Hence the name "trigger".
beautifulGrace82
June 17th, 2016 8:00pm
Triggers are basically people, things, places or events that remind you of part of your past, good or bad. If you notice something that reminds you of your past, you know that you can be "triggered."
MarkishaNanceLCSW
June 22nd, 2016 2:23am
A trigger is anything that sets off a serious of events, responses, processes etc. We all have triggers, some ignite good and others bad. Often we talk about triggers when evaluating a response or pattern of behavior we consider bad, unhealthy or unproductive. When the behavior or response happens we try to identify the trigger that set things off. Taking a look at the triggers to our behaviors, attitudes and actions is a healthy process designed to help us to be our best self by changing either our exposure to the trigger or by changing our reaction or doing both.
Cheerfulsunshine
June 23rd, 2016 6:31pm
Triggers are when certain things make you remember bad or disturbing things that have happened in the past. You know if you have a trigger if something that somebody says makes you feel very sad, anxious, angry or making you want to hurt yourself.
Anonymous
June 25th, 2016 12:29am
Triggers are an act or object that you can see or hear or touch etc. that cause you to react in a negative way such as having anxiety or a panic attack. If whenever you have a negative feeling, such as an anxiety attack or panic attack, to a certain thing or act you have a trigger. However, feeling discomfort or disgust to something does not mean you have a trigger. Being disgusted and being triggered is a totally different.
wishfulEnergy42
June 29th, 2016 3:00am
Triggers are anything that leads to a certain, usually negative, emotion. You know you have a trigger if you find yourself avoiding certain situations that cause you the unhappiness. Some people get panic attacks or become depressed when faced with triggers.
Anonymous
June 29th, 2016 2:42pm
Triggers are things that make you overflow with negativity if somebody brings up something that you have had experienced negatively, as well as things that traumatized you growing up. You may know you have one if you feel some trace of anxiety, depression, any shame, or insecurities or guilt take over you. We all have our own set of triggers, and it's okay!
SarahRussell
July 2nd, 2016 1:37am
Triggers are things that cause you to feel anxious, depressed, etc. and you know because it will trigger that specific emotion for you.
silverlemonade
July 7th, 2016 3:09pm
If you find yourself suddenly feeling agitated or intense emotion while you are in a situation or event, then, it is a high chance that you have been triggered. Sometimes the trigger accompanies with flash back or memory.
Zozzie
July 8th, 2016 3:17pm
A trigger is a situation, or object that reminds you of a traumatic experience, and so causes distress. Examples of distressing situations may be witnessing, or being the victim of some form of distressing incident. A trigger may be a person who caused the trauma, the place where it happened, someone interacting with you in the same way etc. The trigger may also be something resembling your traumatic experience e.g hearing someone else's experience of a similar nature, seeing someone behave in ways resembling someone that has hurt you etc. Generally, a trigger would result in a respond of agitation or fear, it may bring back the feelings you had at the time you underwent your trauma. If something triggers you, you may feel unable to cope and wish to escape it, in which case, you should stop reading, leave the room, end the conversation etc. We find some things unbearable, for example, most people are moved when they hear stories of suffering, however triggers can cause discomfort as a result of the connection you have made between the triggering situation and a past situation of distress.
RobVL
July 8th, 2016 10:58pm
Triggers are any thing that sets off an extreme reaction. Now by extreme I tend to include extreme inward reactions such as passive aggressiveness or anxiety etc. These aren't always outwardly expressed. As for how to know you have a trigger. Mindfulness. If you are mindful, you'll be able to detect these sensations as they occur and what actually sets them off. Mindfulness allows you to reflect on the here and now, being able to identify what is going on inside you and then actively taking actions to make it better.
NumberEleven
July 16th, 2016 8:27am
Triggers are events, words or situations that cause an uncomfortable psychological reaction within you. If you find yourself avoiding a certain event, or feeling very strange and tense because of something, it could be a trigger.
wishfulVision48
July 22nd, 2016 12:19pm
Triggers are feelings, emotions/ behaviours etc caused by a situation you have experienced and so when something similar crops up it triggers flash back feelings or thoughts to the past situation and releases the associated feelings/ behaviors etc.....you may know if you have one if when you get these experiences you start to make a note of it and what was happening at the time that brought on the emotion/ feeling/ behaviour then expressed. You can also attend counselling or Cognitive behavioural Therapy which can help with this.
kindWhisper16
July 27th, 2016 2:08pm
Triggers are when something urges you to do something, for example you can have a trigger for your panic attacks, or self harm, many people i know can have something said to them, or see a photo that could lead to "triggering" them to self harm or have a panic attack.
colorfulPuppy22
July 29th, 2016 5:40am
Triggers are something that makes you feel bad about yourself or something that could make you suicidal or depressed. If you have one you have to find that out.
Anonymous
July 29th, 2016 11:27pm
Triggers are anything that can make you feel depressed, anxious, cause panic attacks, flash backs, etc. etc.
HopieRemi
July 30th, 2016 3:23am
Triggers are things that cause you to feel upset ( anxious, scared, sick, etc). You would be able to know if something triggers you by the way it makes you feel.
GentleWaves
July 30th, 2016 3:57pm
Triggers are stimuli from the inside (thoughts, emotions...) or the external environment (people's behaviours and acts, facial exressions, gestures, or smth we see in the room/place, smell, hear, taste...) that unconsciously bring us back to experience an emotional flashback - a sudden wave of emotions (sadness, irritation, anger, fear, anxiety...) in a situation somehow reminding our system of a past traumatic experience due to some perceived similarities. As we realize what the triggers are, we are more able to handle them. Patient and self-compassionate acknowledgment that our body - nervous system is over-reacting to something past rather than something happening in the present circumstance might with time easy the reaction itself, not to feel it that strongly and unexpectidely, without understanding why it is there.
Anonymous
August 7th, 2016 3:01am
triggers are things that connect someone to a meaningful (good/bad) personal experience. For instance, someone might mention an abusive partner, which then invokes negative feelings that I have with my own past abusive partner. I
SacredArtist
August 11th, 2016 7:21am
Triggers are moments or events that cause a chaos, of sorts, in the mind. It could be frightening or depressing and, therefore, very hard to deal with. Some are worse than others but all of them are valid and should be addressed by self-assessment and talking with someone you trust or a professional. This doesn'tmean there isn't anything wrong with you... but it does imply that there has been something that has been unaddressed within you and most of the time it is from something traumatic in some way.
rarezas
August 12th, 2016 9:46pm
Triggers are events that bring upon certain emotions, memories, and behaviors, often times negative. For example, if you see a car crash, it might trigger trauma of a family member killed by one. If you feel any negative feelings from certain phenomenon, you may have a trigger
TheListeningOne
August 14th, 2016 11:12pm
A trigger is something that sets off a memory tape or flashback transporting the person back to the event of her/his original trauma.
Anonymous
August 17th, 2016 10:15pm
Let's say I have a memory of a friend passing away due to a car crash, If someone mentions something on the lines of that then that would "trigger" me. I could feel anxious and uncomfortable. Triggers depend on the person.
Emilyell91
August 18th, 2016 4:12am
Triggers can be many things. Smells, words, people, textures any stimuli can be atrigger if it relates to the event or activity from the past. Triggers can make people feel as though they are back in traumatic situations. Triggers can also effect those with addiction. For example being in an area where one used to use can be triggering.