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Old 12-15-2007, 11:37 AM   #1
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How do you handle flashbacks


The purpose here is just to give people ideas on how to handle flashbacks that tend to effect a high number of people with PTSD.

I take certain medication that has greatly reduced the number of flashbacks that I have. When the medication does not work the goal for me is to seperate yesterday from today which can be rather tricky as the emotions tied to it are very present. I have written flashbacks out in hope of lessening their power and that tends to go from incident to incident in how effective that works? So what do you guys do when a flashback hits?

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Old 12-31-2007, 09:10 PM   #2
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Re: How do you handle flashbacks

Here's a couple of ideas that work for me depending on the severity of the flashback -

Putting Ice in my hand helps to bring me back to the present - but you have to be able to disconnect from the event enough to do this

Touching a surface - like a desk or metal can help especially if it has a rough surface

Diaphragmatic breathing - saying to myself calm on the inbreath and relaxed on the outbreath

Worst case scenario - I ride it out and tell myself that I survived ok and so i can survive it if it happens again - the world doesn't end even though it feels like it will - I think sometimes I am more scared of having the flashbacks and losing control than the actual flashback

I hope this helps

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