TeenHelp
Support Forums Today's Posts

Get Advice Connect with TeenHelp Resources
HelpLINK Facebook     Twitter     Tumblr     Instagram    Hotlines    Safety Zone    Alternatives

You are not registered or have not logged in

Hello guest! (Not a guest? Log in above!)

As a guest on TeenHelp you are only able to use some of our site's features. By registering an account you will be able to enjoy unlimited access to our site, and will be able to:

  • Connect with thousands of teenagers worldwide by actively taking part in our Support Forums and Chat Room.
  • Find others with similar interests in our Social Groups.
  • Express yourself through our Blogs, Picture Albums and User Profiles.
  • And much much more!

Signing up is free, anonymous and will only take a few moments, so click here to register now!


Rape and Abuse If you or someone you know is being abused in any way and you need support or advice, don't hesitate to reach out to us here.

Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  (#1 (permalink)) Old
liketheangel Offline
Member
Average Joe
***
 
liketheangel's Avatar
 
Name: Amy
Age: 29
Gender: Female

Posts: 107
Join Date: January 12th 2009

flashbacks - April 14th 2010, 09:06 PM

ive never really suffered badly from them. but recently there really strong. mainly when im asleep but now when my mind drifts it will suddenly hit me. so much so i can hardly breathe sometimes.
any advice on how to control them?


Floating, falling, sweet intoxication
Touch me, trust me, savour each sensation
let the dream begin let your darker side give in
to the power of the music that I write
The power of the music of the night
   
  (#2 (permalink)) Old
Casey. Offline
Dance with me
I can't get enough
*********
 
Casey.'s Avatar
 
Name: Casey
Age: 29
Gender: Female
Location: Somewhere in my mind

Posts: 2,343
Blog Entries: 337
Join Date: January 6th 2009

Re: flashbacks - April 15th 2010, 04:19 AM

The best thing to do is to distract yourself, or to try to ground yourself. Everyone deals with them differently, since everyone is different. Grounding yourself might help, however. By that I mean making yourself aware that it is not happening again, naming things you smell, feel, touch...your surroundings basically. There's also a really good thread on handling flashbacks here.

Just hang in there, and pm me if you need anything.


She whispered to her own reflection "I will be strong."

"I am not what has happened to me.I am what I have chosen to become."- Carl Jung

"If ye harm none, do as ye wish."

Sometimes things just happen.


Smile through the tears.


PM me

  Send a message via Yahoo to Casey.  
  (#3 (permalink)) Old
.:Bibliophile:. Offline
PM me anytime!

TeenHelp Veteran
*************
 
.:Bibliophile:.'s Avatar
 
Gender: Just me

Posts: 16,678
Blog Entries: 1760
Join Date: January 18th 2009

Re: flashbacks - April 15th 2010, 07:10 AM

Hey there,

Sorry you are having to deal with this. I know how difficult it can be!

I think the link about grounding yourself would be a great thing to check out.

One thing I want to convey is don't fight the flashbacks. I find that when I fight the flashbacks they last longer than when I let them come. Whenever I start having a flashback I grab onto my stuffed unicorn and I just hold onto that. I use my stuffed unicorn to ground myself because even though I am in the middle of the flashback I can still feel the softness of my stuffed unicorn and that helps me realize that I am in the present. Do you have a soft stuffed animal you could sleep with?

Something else that I find that helps with it all is writing down what I have a flashback of or talking to someone about the flashback. I find that when I voice what happened that memory tend to go into my 'storage box' and it does not have a reason to come back up again. Maybe it will be the same for you. The more you talk about it or write about it the more the memories become 'real' and the less your mind has a need to flashback. At least that is what I have found.

Remember that you will have your good days and bad days but you will come out on top of all this. Never give up on your ability to heal.

Best of luck and if you ever need to chat feel free to pm me.

Jenna
However, you can and will make it through all of this. You already survived the abuse and that is the toughest part. The memories are bad but having already survived the abuse they are just memories and memories cannot hurt you.


|Lead Moderator|Newsletter Officer|
   
Closed Thread

Bookmarks

Tags
flashbacks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




All material copyright 1998-2019, TeenHelp.
Terms | Legal | Privacy | Conduct | Complaints

Powered by vBulletin®.
Copyright ©2000-2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search engine optimization by vBSEO.
Theme developed in association with vBStyles.