Trigger Warnings are Real

I used to laugh at “trigger warnings.” I think I may have even called people “snowflakes” a time or two and wondered why they couldn’t be tough like me?
…then I experienced real trauma, PTSD, and had real experience with triggers. It is stupid. It makes zero sense. It can be the smallest thing. Not even a word, but just a tone or infection, a smell or a thought, or a post on Facebook. Somewhere in my brain, alarm bells go off and it’s like I’m living my worst moments all over again.
Big, strong, fit, “have it all together” me starts feeling body pangs, headaches, brain fog, fatigue, irrational anger, and sleeping for hours.
Triggers are real. And people who experience them are not weak. They have been traumatized. Trauma is different for each person, and it often makes no sense.
Be kind to your friends. Use and respect trigger warnings. It doesn’t have to make sense to you: just be kind. Rather than feeling superior (as I used to) feel grateful that you don’t have to put up with the hell of ptsd.
Just…be kind. ✌️ ❤️ ✌️