Living in the past with PTSD


From Coping with Trauma Related dissociation.

” While the part of the personality that copes with daily life is avoidant, at least one other and usually more than one other part remain stuck in traumatic memories and think, feel, and behave as though these events are still happening (at least to a degree) or about to happen again.

These parts are usually stuck in repeating behaviors that are protective during threat, even when they are not appropriate.

For example, some parts fight to protect even when you do not need such protection in the present, others want to avoid or run away even though you are safe, some freeze in fear, and others completely collapse.

These parts are often highly emotional, not very rational, limited in their thinking and perceptions, not oriented to the present time, and are overwhelmed.

They primarily live in trauma time, that is, they continue to experience the traumatic past as the resent, and hold emotions, beliefs, sensations, and so forth that are related to traumatic experiences.”


My two cents: This was the final piece that explained what was happening to me.

It took many meditative sits to uncover what parts were stuck.

It is like living in a big rowboat with few oars not in sync or rowing the opposite direction.

These stuck parts were sabotaging my recovery.


8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Michelle Denness on July 2, 2020 at 11:18 am

    Bless all those parts and love them that little bit more 🙂

  2. Integrate them to present moment

  3. Posted by rudid96 on July 2, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    Hardest part is staying present to sooth triggered parts in the moment. They may be small but their reactions are mighty.

  4. Rudid

    Here is a little skill

    Practice three long, slow breaths.

    When a trigger erupts take those three deep breaths before you do what you normally do.

    Try three, if you can only do one, that is fine.

    Next trigger do two.

    This will help you more than anything else.

    Ike your on a diet and you are starving for dessert. Wait ten minutes if you can before you get that bowl of ice cream

    Small tools applied like this will change things in a month

    Well all that body trauma that agitation, that anxiety can be extinguished with slow, focused breaths

  5. Posted by Anonymous on July 2, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    going through the process of recovery may need all of our patience and kindness to ourselves…got some parts triggered by just mere weather or time of the day. May we all go through this journey with a sense of purpose and gratitude.

  6. Very well written

    We are on this journey together, not in competition

    The after life is not better for a rich man

    Those possessions and status are impermanent and stay on earth

  7. Posted by Vikalluf on July 3, 2020 at 7:08 am

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  8. Ok I am knew to this
    Tell me more

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