PTSD: The Internal Dialogue


We enter situations with past fear of failure and distrust looming inside us. This is the battle we face every day, engage and risk or choose safety and isolate.

Navigating some situations and people requires mental and physical preparation combined with an enormous amount of energy.



It is an internal dialogue, sometimes an internal battle, an immense distraction to the flow of life.

While we carry on a conversation, this dialogue runs in the background. We are distracted, confused while trying to respond intelligently.

Before we reach a destination, a party, a class, a meeting, etc., we weigh the risk assessment, then devise a plan if possible.

People and places can hold special danger from past triggers.

Can we leave, and retreat if things go wrong? Do we have an escape plan? I do!

We multitask inside our minds, two thoughts, and two conversations run simultaneously.

Reacting quickly is difficult, our intake needs time to decipher both dialogues.

If we reach the firing of our fight or flight mechanism, we freeze.

It is beneficial if we can find a safe place to participate.

I have ventured out joining two groups lately.

It is not easy, nothing worthwhile has ever been easy, has it?

4 responses to this post.

  1. No, nothing worthwhile has ever been easy. Good for you, for taking that step!!!

  2. I agree

  3. Posted by rudid96 on April 29, 2022 at 10:06 pm

    Bravo!! Congratulation on venturing out to join 2 groups. Whether you remain, leave or this is YOU, pushing back against those demons. You’re swimming upstream and that my friend is a beautiful thing.

  4. Baby steps

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