I am always on the look out for ways to simplify and remember techniques that help with coping with PTSD. On Facebook, Warrior’s Landing, the posted a picture of an eye, nose, ear, and hand. At the top of the chart is:
Name 3 things
Breathe in and out slowly 3 times.
KISS Keep it simply, sweetie. This is a quick easy way to remember getting yourself back to the present during a flashback or anxiety attack. If you are a loved one watching your PTSD family member suffering from a flashback ask these questions?
Look around what can you see right now?
What do you you smell right now?
What do you hear right now?
What do you feel right now? (If feel is a confusing word, try touch.)
If the answer to these questions are answer by things you are no experiencing you may want to call your team members such as a counselor or another trusted person to help the person with PTSD through the flashback. The person with PTSD may get agitated with the questions. Agree ahead of time what questions would help the most to help ground them to present time and pull them out of the terrifying past or an awful future. Flashbacks are generated by blasts from the past and anxiety attacks are creating a fearful future. Thanks Warrior’s Landing for sharing helpful information.
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