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Film was so triggering - August 2nd 2009, 01:02 PM

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I watched a film the other night and it was so triggering, it graphically showed rape.
I was watching it with my friend and had no idea it would be included in this film, if I knew I would have definately thought twice about watching it.
It was horrible to watch and after that I've just been thinking so much about self-harming.
It brings back so many memories of what happened to me and I can't get any of this out of my head.
It's just not going away.
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Re: Film was so triggering - August 2nd 2009, 03:30 PM

Hey Paige,

One thing about suffering from any traumatic event is that there are possibilities of anything normal or irregular in life triggering flashbacks or memories regarding our past events. It's an unfortunate part of having to cope with the past. Sometimes, that means being careful or taking the extra step to learning what does and doesn't trigger us. It also means being prepared. Unfortunately, triggers can hold us back from doing things we once could in life. Just know that you can control this and you do have control over how you react to the triggers. We might not be able to control what out triggers are - but you can certainly help yourself cope with them.

What normally helps me is going back to a comforting time in my life. How you do that is your choice. Personally, watching old movies with comforting story lines helps me a great deal. It allows me to feel comforted in some form. Try watching a cartoon or something of those sorts. Before you contemplate harming yourself - remember that there are better ways to cope and you don't need to take it out on yourself at all. Cutting and things like that will only hinder your ability to cope with these things in the future. You want to be able to depend on yourself not a blade.

Seeing as you can't stop thinking about this triggering thing, I suggest you get your mind off of it. However you do that is your choice - so long as it's healthy. Try to do things that take mental alertness and force you to concentrate on what you're doing and not the movie you saw. Try playing games or do things that you need to look at. It can help take your mind off of whatever troubling you a lot faster if you have something visual to look at. Most of all, remember to vent and let how you're feeling out. It's okay to admit you're not okay and take some time to yourself. If you need anyone at all, I'm only a PM away. Take care of yourself.

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