being triggered doesn’t always look like a hyperventilating panic attack. it can also be:
• dissociating
• shaking
• nausea
• a burst of anger
• dizziness
• chest tightness
• emotional flashbacks, where you feel how you felt during the trauma
• flare-up of chronic pain
signs of being triggered (cont.)
• loss of appetite
• hallucinations
• paranoia
• being unable to sleep
• forgetting where you are
• loss of auditory processing
• having trouble speaking
• crying spells
• age regression
• suddenly wanting to be alone
& much more
here’s a resource i stuck at the end of another thread on triggers, but i think it’s useful here!

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