You ever run into someone you haven’t seen in a while? Or hear from them? It’s like you never even stopped talking. Especially if they are a good friend.
Same thing with memories right? Something will remind you of that moment long ago… A scent. A dream. And it’s like you are back there, reliving it.
Have you ever been so caught up in a memory it’s almost like you are there? What about a negative memory? Does your heart rate increase? Your breathing almost stop? Your body tense?
If you’ve been in an abusive relationship, I encourage you to seek help if memories of the abuse are overwhelming to you. I know it took a lot for you to leave, and now here you are dealing with the aftermath. When will it stop? When will you be able to move on? I know… I understand. But sometimes we need a little more help moving forward, and that’s ok.
PTSD doesn’t just affect our soldiers. PTSD can affect those of us who have been under the oppression of severe abuse.
If you are having frequent memories, flashbacks, or dreams… or if you get upset during moments that remind you of the abuse (triggers) then you are having PTSD symptoms. You don’t have to do this on your own. Seek help.