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How do you develop posttraumatic stress disorder triggers?

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With PTSD, your brain doesn’t process trauma the right way. It doesn’t file the memory of the event as being in the past. So you feel stressed and frightened even when you know you’re safe.

The brain attaches details, like sights or smells, to that memory. These become triggers. They act like buttons that turn on your body’s alarm system.

From: What Are PTSD Triggers? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Lori Zoellner, Ph.D., professor of psychology, University of Washington, Seattle.

JoAnne Difede, Ph.D., director of the Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies, NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill-Cornell Medicine.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: “PTSD: National Center for PTSD.”

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: “Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services.”

Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience: “Emotion and Cognition Interactions in PTSD: A Review of Neurocongitive and Neuroimaging Studies.”

National Institutes of Mental Health: “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 15, 2019

SOURCES:

Lori Zoellner, Ph.D., professor of psychology, University of Washington, Seattle.

JoAnne Difede, Ph.D., director of the Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies, NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill-Cornell Medicine.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: “PTSD: National Center for PTSD.”

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: “Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services.”

Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience: “Emotion and Cognition Interactions in PTSD: A Review of Neurocongitive and Neuroimaging Studies.”

National Institutes of Mental Health: “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 15, 2019

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