Flashbacks are part of the healing process. As Christina from http://overcomingsexualabuse.com says they are also an opportunity to learn, and grow albeit a very painful way to do so.
- Grounding techniques for Flashbacks (http://traumadissociation.com)
- Managing Flashbacks (ritualabuse.wordpress.com)
- Emotional Flashbacks (overcomingcptsd.wordpress.com)
- Forgetting the horros of the past: Repressed Memories (traumadissociation.wordpress.com)
There is an entry on the Winter Solstice, Yule, and Christmas on December 15, 2012.
I found it far less upsetting to have a flashback if I knew it was a flashback. Otherwise, it never occurred to me that what I was experiencing was a memory; I thought I was crazy or had a brain tumor. Once I learned to recognize a flashback, I could say “Oh fuck, here we go again!” and brace myself. It’s a lot easier theses days.
Caryn Stardancer designed a flashback worksheet and published it in Survivorship. * When I tried to use it, I found I got stuck on identifying the trigger. I was so immersed in the flashback that I had no attention to spare and could not scan my environment for possible triggers. I rewrote the worksheet and omitted the whole concept of triggers, which helped a lot.
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