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flashbacks

SystemSystem Posts: 8,649 Staff Team
im having alot lately.

i want to make them stop and go away.

tips?

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    ever considered it had something to do with taking yourself of your ADs incorrectly/before you were ready? Going back to your gp would probably be your best bet.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    My flashbacks were happening several times a day everyday for a while but I've found overtime they only happen once every couple of days now. It was just a question of time really and also in a way thinking about what happened made me heal also because I wasn't just trying to block it out anymore. I still get them every couple of days but I feel like I have more control over them now and they don't hurt me as much and they're just a memory.

    Maybe you need to talk to someone about it.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    its like 10 years on now though. im 23 very soon and the flashbacks i'm getting are events that happened between i was 12-17 :( they come and go. i spoke to a counsellor in college about it all but it didn't really help. its just a bit pants. i haven't had them in a while but recently, i have.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    You're probably in a M. Night Shyamalan film..
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    my boyfriend gets them too from abusing acid. he was put on clonazepam because they're meant to help, and they did for a couple of years, but now it's not working any more. so clonazepam is an option to try but not a long term one....

    flashbacks can take a very short (days) to very long (years) time to go away, it really depends on the person. i sincerely hope that it takes a short time for you to get over them!

    in the meantime, i recommend seeing a health professional that specialises in drugs, not all of them have heard about flashbacks so you might have to do some searching around but some may have some valuable advice :thumb:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Hello, I'm sorry to hear your having flashbacks. Have you tried things like wearing an elastic band on your wrist and pinging it when you feel a FB coming on to try and ground yourself or stamping your feet, having certain objects which you can hold etc to ground yourself. I can't remember the list but I remember reading that doing things like naming 5 things that you can see ie bookcase, table etc, then things you can smell ie dinner cooking etc to try and keep yourself grounded.

    I did a google and found this, not sure if its any help

    Tell yourself that you are having a flashback.


    Remind yourself that the worst is over. The feelings and sensations you are experiencing are memories of the past. The actual event took place in the past and you survived. Now it is time to let out that terror, rage, hurt and panic. Now is the time to honour your experience.


    Get grounded. This means stamping your feet on the ground so that the little one knows you have feet and can get away if you need to. (If the trauma occurred as a child you felt you couldn't get away, but now you can.)


    Breathe! When we get scared we stop normal breathing. As a result, our body begins to panic from the lack of oxygen. Lack of oxygen in itself causes a great deal of panicky feelings, including pounding in the head, tightness, sweating, feeling faint, shakiness, dizziness. When we breathe deeply enough a lot of the panicky feelings can decrease. Breathing deeply means putting your hand on your diaphragm and breathing deeply enough so that your diaphragm pushes against your hand and then exhaling so that the diaphragm goes in. You can practice this when you are not having a flashback.


    Reorient to the present. Begin to use your five senses in the present. Look around and see the colours in the room, the shapes of things, the people near, etc. Listen to the sounds around you; your breathing, traffic, birds, people, cars. Feel your body and what is touching it, your clothes, your own arms and hands, the chair or floor supporting you.


    Speak to the little one and reassure him or her. It is very healing to get your adult in the now, that you can get out if you need to, that it is okay to feel the feelings of long ago without reprisal. The child needs to know that it is safe to experience the feelings and sensations and let go of the past.


    Get in touch with your needs for boundaries. Sometimes when we are having a flashback we lose the sense of where we leave off and the world begins; as if we do not have skin. Wrap yourself in a blanket, hold a pillow or stuffed animal, go to bed, sit in a closet. Use any way that you can to allow yourself to feel truly protected from the outside.


    Get support. Depending on your situation, you may need to be alone or may want someone near you. In either case, it is important that your close ones know about flashbacks so they can help with the process, whether that means letting you be by yourself or by being there with you.


    Take time to recover. Sometimes flashbacks are very powerful. Give yourself the time to make the transition from this powerful experience. Don't expect yourself to jump into adult activities right away. Take a nap, or a warm bath, or some quiet time. Do not beat yourself up for having a flashback. Appreciate how much your little one went through. . . .


    Honour your experience. Appreciate yourself for having survived that horrible time, however long ago it happened. Respect your body's need to experience those feelings that may have been repressed until now.


    Be patient. It takes time to heal the past. It takes time to learn appropriate ways of taking care of yourself, of being an adult who has feelings, and developing effective ways of coping in the here and now.


    Find a competent therapist/counsellor. Look for one who understands the processes of healing from the particular issues you have faced. A therapist can be a guide, a support, a coach in this healing process. You do not have to do it alone . . . ever again.


    Join a self-help group. Survivors are wonderful allies in this process of healing. It is a healing thing to share your process with others who understand so deeply what you are going through.


    Know you are not crazy - you are healing!




    *Source: Counselling and Advice, University of Westminster

    ** Source: Anxiety, health.yahoo.com



    I hope they ease off a bit soon,

    Take care, Vikki
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    sorry, adding to an old thread here, and you might have stopped having them, but sometimes the best thing to do is just let them happen. if you fight them they feel ten times worse and re-occur more often.

    btw, i have been told by a neuro-psychiatrist that if you have PTSD (which flashbacks are a symptom of) that ADs are not good! psycho-analytical psychotherapy has shown to give better results. but i suppose it can depend on the person and their circumstances.
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