Personal Growth

Coping with emotional flashbacks (PTSD/CPTSD)

I don’t want to sound too dramatic, this is just how my mind sounds in a moment of stress. Unfiltered. It’s the end of the world in there…

Oh boy. This one hit me hard. I’ll go through a job evaluation program very soon.
I’m wondering how on earth will I spend 2 weeks around people who will be evaluating me on every step. In a closed space. It will only take me 4 hours every day, but for me this seems like an eternity.
I can’t do that even with my own family. Or friends…

My biggest issue is the emotional flashbacks that I’m getting when I’m near people. They can be really intense.

Thankfully, I’ll be having some more therapy sessions before that. I also did a small research about what science says. I can’t just sit and wait, right?
Obviously, I needed this push to read, watch, and learn more about it. I’ll let you know if any of these tips helped. 😉

In just 2 hours I came from a panic mode into an almost exciting mode. I don’t really look forward to it, but I’m in a much calmer state.
I’m already thankful for this experience.

I hope you’ll find something useful for yourself too in the resources below.

Do you have any experience with emotional flashbacks from trauma? What helps you the most?

More resources:
Coping With Flashbacks and Dissociation in PTSD
– What Can I Do To Help During a Flashback?
Flashbacks, Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and the Brain
How to tell the difference between an “emotional flashback” and an authentic emotion.
The Thirteen Steps to Managing Emotional Flashbacks

11 Comments

  • 𝑹𝒐𝑩𝑰𝑵 ☄️

    Do you mean you’ll be working with people for 2 weeks? 4 hours a day for 2 weeks IS a lot, for where you are coming from. I hope it goes OK for you 💙. But please don’t beat yourself up if not, or allow anybody else to. I know that’s easier said than done.

    • 𝑹𝒐𝑩𝑰𝑵 ☄️

      Oh on emotional flashbacks— I have these all the time, actually. And though I was and am keen to think/write/talk about them, I’m not actually safe to given the stressful circumstances I’m in and it’s really counter-productive. So an important thing for me is actually just to move on and focus on something else 😆. And I’m glad I’m able to compartmentalise it at the moment.

      • Maja

        Changing focus is a good technique, but not for all the time. Eventually it’s good to solve this. I guess, I haven’t solved this one yet, so I’ll shush. 🙂

  • MentalHealthBlogger

    Thanks so much for sharing your experiences with flashbacks. They are very thoughtful and helpful. I experience something like flashbacks, but instead of memories, I experience physical symptoms. I get very shaky and as if I have the chills. I don’t have thought energy toward anything except to talk myself into feeling better. I get under a throw or a blanket and try to keep calm while the chills are going on. Sometimes this is five minutes sometimes it is 30 minutes. I am not sure this is an actual flashback since there are not memories per say that accompany. There is just the physical experience and physical disconnect.

    • Maja

      Yes, it’s good to calm the stress asap.
      I can’t say either, because I don’t know you enough nor am I a professional. I can only tell that flashbacks aren’t neccesarily memories, but feelings (and sensations) that are related to past events and not to present. Mindfulness might help you to find the cause, but overall it’s best to go through this with a professional.
      Thanks for your insights, I appreciate it.
      I wish you all best and not many moments like these.

  • Yetismith

    You are very brave Maja and obviously very determined. I have nothing like what you experience so I am not qualified to offer advice but I do offer my best wishes and mental support, for what it’s worth.

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