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xxstarlettxx28

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does anyone know how to stop your memories from spiraling from one traumatic memory to another? I can handle most PTSD episodes but what I can't handle is the hours of hours of trauma rollercoaster memories. anyone have any ideas that could help?

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    • Cece7

      751d

      So when I am experiencing those sorts of repetitive thoughts I think what helps me the most is to write down the thoughts or let myself experience them to a certain degree but then internally just fight each thought off just over and over try to fight the negatives with some form of positive thought and while doing this start distracting myself with something. Like TV or going outside and focusing on the sounds around me. Something kinda weird I’ve started doing is go outside and just listen for birds and when I hear a bird I try to go find where they are or what type they are and then focus on some other sound whether it’s another bird or something else and really let my mind focus on what’s around me. I don’t know why but it really has helped me get out of my head lately!

    • Bewell

      751d

      I watch TV to get my mind off of the obsessive thoughts when my PTSD is triggered. It always works if I focus on something that gets my mind off of things. It could be other things for other people. Prayer is the most successful thing I have ever done. I will lay down and pray and pray until I can get into a meditative state. If you focus on others or something else you like it helps! Plus the power of prayer works! You may be praying over and over for God to get your mind back into the peacefulness it deserves to be in! He knows what your going through. He has a plan for you! He will help you in His time. But praying for others and for yourself will help settle your mind and get you into a meditative relaxed state! Just keep your prayers detailed and it helps. Prayers for you 🙏❤️. Let me know if this helps you as it has me!! Oh! Also you must get therapy to learn copping skills otherwise it will be very difficult to handle when your not even being triggered. I am just now doing this!

    • Wiseowl213

      751d

      Mindfulness! It’s really hard and takes a lot of practice but try to observe your thoughts as they come up and let them go, returning to your breath and what you’re doing in the present moment. Try to make yourself do something and only focus on one thing at a time. (Therapist here!!!)

    • Cece7

      751d

      So when I am experiencing those sorts of repetitive thoughts I think what helps me the most is to write down the thoughts or let myself experience them to a certain degree but then internally just fight each thought off just over and over try to fight the negatives with some form of positive thought and while doing this start distracting myself with something. Like TV or going outside and focusing on the sounds around me. Something kinda weird I’ve started doing is go outside and just listen for birds and when I hear a bird I try to go find where they are or what type they are and then focus on some other sound whether it’s another bird or something else and really let my mind focus on what’s around me. I don’t know why but it really has helped me get out of my head lately!

      • xxstarlettxx28

        751d

        @Cece7 i'm definitely going to have to try that. I just had a massive break down at the gas station cuz it was full of people and a lady I was talking to got really close to me and grabbed my arm and I fought with everything i could to not break down in there and then when i got back to my car I just lost it and started hyperventilating and crying. All because someone i didn't know touched me. My husband thinks it was ptsd related but I'm not sure cuz i've never had that happen. I'm definitely gonna take your advice though it's very helpful and i appreciate it. Thank you!

        • Cece7

          750d

          @xxstarlettxx28 I’m sorry you had that experience that sounds horrible! You can message me anytime if you want to talk through things I might be able to come up with other things to help out but wanted to share something that might work in those situations specifically. I would recommend next time you choose one thing whether it’s the alphabet, numbers or rainbow colors. Decide you’re going to go through each letter of the alphabet and find something that starts with the letter or see if you spot the letter in the room or on a sign while driving. You could do it with numbers by counting how many of certain things you see. With the rainbow you could go through each color and count how many red things you see or orange… stuff like that can help you quickly get out of your mind in those panicked times. I would also say that my ptsd has been flaring up with symptoms I’ve never had before either so definitely could be related

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