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Dissociative Triggers.


It can be literally anything.

the sound of bass...

cold ears...

barking dogs...

the scent of cigarettes...

the smell of alcohol, whether it's in a bottle or on someone's breath...

boredom...

Listening to music or watching TV that's new & unfamiliar...

& then BOOM!, I am no longer sane. Dissociation consumes my identity. I no longer possess control of my thoughts or feelings, &, consequentially, sometimes even my actions. I am unable to calm the physical anxiety swallowing me whole or ignore the voices persecuting my soul in the harshest ways.

Original Photography By Kristin Windsor with Kwin's Photography

feeling trapped, even at parties if I feel unable to leave or get home...

financial stress...

relationship stress...

abandonment...

betrayal or deception...

insensitivity & injustice...

lack of proper, deep, peaceful sleep...

hunger...

thirst...

family...

holidays...

emotional pain...

flashbacks...

physical pain...

mental confusion...

exhaustion...

night terrors in the past 24 hours...

certain social media posts...

negative energy...

lack of proper alone time to collect my thoughts, process my emotions, & manage my sanity...

Being unable to listen to my various parts (alternate states of consciousness)...

Deep concentration after already pushing myself that day...

Socializing for more than a couple of hours during a day...

Feeling like I have no options, like I am hopeless & helpless, alone & afraid...

Because there are so many unavoidable triggers, I am nearly always in a dissociative state, the severity fluctuating with the circumstances & my overall mental health, but dissociation being a constant nonetheless.

What are some of your triggers?