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The best solution is honesty. At least with one's self. I won't be gaslighted and I won't gaslight myself. But when you're stuck, you're stuck. Nothing stays the same however and this one will evolve. I have the makings of a good script. Again. :D It would make a good sitcom actually.

 

Persuasive narcissist. Now that rings a bell.

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Ive witnessed many awful unspeakable things in war and in my prior occupation in the states. I think of these things a lot but as time goes on it gets better. The brain has a way of processing things. I have a dark sense of humor which helps.  

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6 minutes ago, Petro6golf said:

Ive witnessed many awful unspeakable things in war and in my prior occupation in the states. I think of these things a lot but as time goes on it gets better. The brain has a way of processing things. I have a dark sense of humor which helps.  

But many experience flashbacks of traumatic incidents. PTSD is not just confined to war/ injuries/ accidents.  I can still recall some experiences in A&E, with horror.

Good to hear you are well .

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ptsd is a strange thing.  I was never diagnosed with it, but a couple of years(?) after my accident, I went to see a movie (robin williams, but damn, I can't remember which one) that included a horrific car accident in a tunnel and I almost lost my shit right there on the spot.  

 

totally out of the blue.  It was terrifying.  Strangest part was I had flashbacks of the MOVIE for months afterwards.  The mind does work in funny ways.

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I'm deeply sorry for anyone who has to see war. Impossible to shake off, hopefully you learn to manage the damage. Same goes for other bad experiences in life I think. You just have to live with it.

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15 hours ago, lisa13 said:

I went to see a movie (robin williams, but damn, I can't remember which one) that included a horrific car accident in a tunnel and I almost lost my shit right there on the spot.  

I hope I don't trigger any flashbacks, but the title is What dreams may come.

 

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17 hours ago, RedMidge said:

But many experience flashbacks of traumatic incidents. PTSD is not just confined to war/ injuries/ accidents.  I can still recall some experiences in A&E, with horror.

Good to hear you are well .

 

Im well. I have PTSD but I function fairly well and dont plan on killing myself or others so thats a plus?.

 

 You can get it from anything it doesn’t have to be law enforcement or war.  Seeing a bad car accident can give it to people.  Seems to be dependent on the persons personality. Friends I went to Iraq with and shared the same experiences with are effected differently. Ive hit a couple IEDs yet can still drive but a friend cannot drive even ten years later. 

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16 hours ago, RedMidge said:

Yes, the mind works strangely . So many things can trigger flashbacks.

 

 

Ive found certain temperatures and smells do it. Like a warm summer night at the right temperature will do it for me. 

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Writing realy bad porn and trying to flog it on Kindle direct publishing.

 

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Smells are extremely powerful triggers. Deeply ingrained, you never forget a smell and its associations.

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Tip accepted, optimista! Off for a shower! Long , hot day here!

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Happily, smells also trigger happy memories.  Is post contentment relaxation syndrome a condition? :) 

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I remember being on a bus in Rio, Brazil, and think the bus hit a pedestrian but I don´t know if the pedestrian was killed. The bus didn´t stop. I didn´t react, either, to my eternal shame. I was 22 or so years old. But I can´t forget it.

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Ah, the eternal shame thread. We could open that one too.

 

A blind man got on the same bus as me day after day for some weeks. He always sat opposite and talked. He knew I was there. One day he tested me to see what I would do if he didn't address me. Stupidly I remained silent. I did not know what words to use - did not want to say "Hey I'm here, it's me", when a simple "Hello" would have done it. This was 30 years ago and I still kick myself.

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I have blind neighbor, and I've learned to walk up (not too close) and greet her exactly that way.

But I do remember my initial shyness!

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On 18.7.2019, 20:20:23, optimista said:

Smells are extremely powerful triggers. Deeply ingrained, you never forget a smell and its associations.

 

Music as well!

 

 

 

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These are the legs of a competitor in the Tour de France.  Once seen, you can't unsee them.

 

https://www.thepoke.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Screen-Shot-2017-07-19-at-15.03.53.png

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