Managing Flashbacks of Traumatic Memories

Traumatic memories are painful, at times debilitating, but you can learn to manage them and to work through them. Flashbacks take many forms. You may experience one or all of these symptoms:

  • Repeated thoughts of a disturbing experience – thoughts that are difficult to let go.
  • Visual images of an event or series of events. These pictures can be frightening.
  • Uncomfortable bodily sensations such as aches, pains, nausea, tightness, changes to breathing and temperature, trembling or shaking.

There are many skills that one can learn to manage and reduce the intensity, frequency, and duration of these flashbacks.