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Old 06-18-2009, 05:17 PM   #1
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Laughter after trauma

This is something that has always disturbed me a bit - I got sexually assaulted a few years back, and my reaction (starting from immediately afterward through at least the first month) was laughter. Has anyone else experienced this? It just seems like such an awful reaction, and it makes me worry that there's something wrong with me.

I knew I wasn't happy (I mean, no way!) and I knew the laughter was wrong... but I just couldn't make it stop. Every time I thought about what happened or I got a flashback, I'd start laughing - and then when I was with other people and I was trying to act normal, I laughed all the time, at everything, even if it wasn't really funny at all. It was pretty horrible. I think it really freaked out my friends. I didn't cry for over a month either - it was like laughter was the substitution for the proper reaction of tears. I was fully aware of how wrong this reaction was, and I'd feel all creeped out and disgusted even as I was laughing.

Is this familiar to anyone? Or anything like it? In any case, thank you for any input.

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Old 06-21-2009, 08:01 AM   #2
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Re: Laughter after trauma

Reaction to a trauma can vary. It does not always have to take the fear or anger emotion. Emotions or the lack of emotions is how the mind tries to adapt, accept or justify what happened. The lack of crying is a good sign that pain was held deep inside. Your feeling of discuss comes from you not having control over the release of these feelings.

Old 07-01-2009, 01:57 AM   #3
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Re: Laughter after trauma

yes I have had laughter happen like this - and I do think it is a substitute for tears - has it happened since you were able to cry?

I havnt been able to cry so I think this is my way of handling it - after all if you laugh enough tears come out of your eyes dont they.....

I hope you are well.

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Old 10-09-2009, 11:47 AM   #4
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Re: Laughter after trauma

yes iv got a couple of friends that laughs when things goes down. myself dont understand them but they are good people that cares very much for people. you are not alone here.

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