Trauma, Triggers, and Exposure Therapy

Don't Lose Hope

“Unlearning trauma also means unlearning the behaviours you adopted and inherited as survival tactics.”

Many people who’ve experienced trauma are triggered intensely and frequently. This can make it hard to live a normal life.

There are triggers we can manage, and some we can avoid, but usually there are others that we simply can’t escape. And that makes things difficult – for we have to deal with them.

So what can’t we do if we want to react less? One possibility is exposure therapy.

What is Exposure Therapy?

Exposure therapy targets the learned association between objects, situations, sounds, images, smells and memories that trigger an intense response.

For example, a woman who was been raped may avoid dark rooms, going on dates, or certain music or smells – because these are a major trigger for her.

Exposure therapy’s goal is reducing this response by actively confronting the thing the…

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