Understanding Triggers

by Doug Cobb :: Healing Center

A trigger is something that sets off a memory tape or flashback transporting the person back to the event of her/his original trauma.

Triggers are very personal; different things trigger in different people. The survivor may begin to avoid situations and stimuli that they think had triggered the flashback. They will react to this flashback trigger with an emotional intensity similar to that at the time of the trauma. A person