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What It Looks Like When My Inner Child Gets Triggered in Trauma Therapy

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Those of us with trauma histories who have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or complex PTSD (C-PTSD) often talk about what triggers us, what it’s like to be triggered, and how that manifests as somatic or emotional flashbacks, nightmares, panic, or even dissociation.

While I have experienced all of these and to a certain extent continue to be affected by triggers in these ways, something that I have discovered recently as I begin to explore some “inner child” work in therapy is that sometimes when I’m triggered, my response is less obvious and far more difficult for me and others to recognize.

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