Supporting trauma survivors We are survivors.💪
This is a safe space for people battling #cptsd /#ptsd .✨ We will remain strong together.💕
Run by @viennas.life
What people with C-PTSD need in a partner.
• Someone who is understanding,
• Someone who is patient,
• Someone who has the willingness to learn about C-PTSD and triggers,
• Someone that helps you feel safe,
• Someone who is willing to listen,
• Someone who is empathetic and open to learning your triggers,
• Someone who is compassionate,
• Someone who doesn't take things personally when your distressed and realises that its not you,
• A partner who is willing to learn about grounding techniques,
• Someone who is non-judgmental and caring,
• Someone who remains calm and doesn't scream and shout,
• Someone who wants to understand,
• Someone who validates your struggles,
• Someone who is trustworthy,
• Someone who accepts your trauma but doesn't pity you for it,
• Reassurance and work with you to find healthy coping strategies.
5202417 March, 2019
I have posted this quote before but I have a lot of new followers and this quote is so important.
When you are telling yourself that you are a bad person. That's most likely from something you were made to believe.
It's not true and it's important to be able to distinguish between the two voices.
- Your own voice and the person who treated you badly.
[ Image description The quote "If your voice in your head us mean to you remember someone manipulated that voice and instilled it in you. Destroy the fake voice and find yours." Written in black biro on white paper then highlighted with a blue highlighter. Than photographed on a grey background. ]
3831316 March, 2019
Please don't ask us;
"What is your trauma?"
" Why do you have C-PTSD?"
" Why do you have PTSD?"
- We can't think about our traumas without becoming distressed. You could trigger us and we could experience a flashback.
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3712515 March, 2019
You can use all this pain for good. You can use your experience to help others and to show that healing is possible.
[ Image description the quote " Your past may have tried to break you but it will not destroy you." Written in black biro on white paper highlighted in purple then photographed on a grey background.]
9391914 March, 2019
I have been thinking of this a lot recently. When I have experienced a flashback a lot of people say to me that I am okay and that it is in the past now. I understand that it is in the past but at that moment it feels as if its in the present and happening again. - I think it's important for people to realise that.
[ Image description The quote "It may have happened in the past but I can't just get over it. I feel as if I am reliving that traumatic experience over and over again. It feels so real to me." Written in black biro on white paper then highlighted with a blue highlighter. Than photographed on a grey background. ]
2562013 March, 2019
Try to use some of these techniques ground yourself when experiencing a flashback.
- Place a cool damp cloth on your face,
- Play music,
- Put your feet firmly on the ground,
- Fill up and hold a hot water bottle,
- Suck on a sour sweet,
- Remind and say out loud your name, age and where you are,
- Throw and catch a ball. Focus on it,
- Wrap yourself in a blanket,
- Keep your eyes open and look around and name 5 things you see. Try naming another 5,
- Name 4 things you can see,
- Say out loud and repeat " I am safe.",
- Run your hands over something with an interesting texture,
- Hug a soft toy tightly,
- Focus on someone's voice or a neutral conversation,
- Hold an ice cube in your hand,
- Get up and walk around. Change your scenery,
- Sensory lights - focus on the lights changing colour,
- Use essential oils or smell something you find comforting. #groundingtechniques
3791112 March, 2019
[ Image description the text " You have so much love in your heart, please try and give some to yourself." Written in black biro on white paper highlighted in purple then photographed on a grey background.]
271711 March, 2019
Some people may have grown up with the belief that their needs do not matter. That belief is not true, I promise you that your needs are important, everyone's needs are.
[Image description The text " Your needs are just as important as everyone else's." Written with black ink on white paper then highlighted with a blue highlighter. Then photographed on a grey background.]
267910 March, 2019
PTSD/Complex PTSD triggers can be sounds, smells, actions, people, places, things, objects, anniversaries.
Triggers can be anything that brings memories and thoughts about the trauma/traumas back.
NO TRIGGER IS STUPID OR SILLY!
[Image description - Text up above written in black ink on white paper then text highlighted with a green highlighter. Then photographed on a grey background. ] #triggers#ptsdtriggers#cptsdtriggers
1,673599 March, 2019
"Developing PTSD or Complex PTSD after trauma doesn't make you weak."
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27658 March, 2019
I found a phrase online similar to this but I changed it slightly. This white really got to me. I didn't see it like this before.
" A child who has been through trauma at the hand of their parents doesn't stop loving their parents, they stop loving themselves."
[ Image description quote above written in black on white paper then highlighted in blue, photographed on a grey background.] #childhoodtrauma
519217 March, 2019
PTSD and complex PTSD and emotional avoidance are closely related. Many people with PTSD or complex PTSD try to escape their emotions because they are too painful. This is part of the avoidance cluster of PTSD/complex PTSD symptoms.
People with PTSD or conversations about the traumatic event/events. Avoidance can also refer to the difficulty remembering important parts of the traumatic event/events.
Avoidance refers to any action designed in preventing an uncomfortable emotion from occurring. Emotional avoidance is often considered an unhealthy coping strategy.
Emotional avoidance may be effective in the short-run but those emotions you push away will only get stronger.
[ Image description is the text up above written on white paper highlighted in green and then photographed on a grey background.]