Mental health

Understanding Triggers: 15 Bullet-Points of Conflict Resolution

“All war is a symptom of man’s failure as a thinking animal.”

John Steinbeck

Dear Readers,

Many of us with mental health conditions are considerably self-aware. Perhaps that is the benefit of therapy… to awaken and comprehend – to reconcile our internal storms with our external environment. Through out my own self-development I often found myself exposed to intrusive sensory experiences, crippling clinical-grade anxiety, and unsuspecting mood swings. When I began to learn and navigate the experiences that were afflicting my compromised consciousness, I soon came to realize many things along the way. This phenomenon is often referred to as post-traumatic growth.

So, what is a trigger? Psych Central reminds us,

A trigger is something that sets off a memory tape or flashback transporting the person back to the event of her/his original trauma. Triggers are very personal; different things trigger different people. The survivor may begin to avoid situations and stimuli that she/he thinks triggered the flashback.

For example, I like to watch people fight on YouTube. Verbal conflict and physical abuse triggers me, so I use the learning experience as a conflict resolution tool in tandem with exposure therapy.

My take away?

•We could all use better parents and role models.

•Difference creates dispute.

•Communication and comprehension are skills that require practice.

•Behavior is learned.

•Maturity matters.

•Pain is relative and universal.

•Familiarity promotes empathy.

•Intolerance hinders hospitality.

•We fear what we do not understand.

•Fear clouds judgment.

•Judgment and discernment are not the same.

•Blatant dehumanization is consequential.

•Bystanders are just as guilty as perpetrators.

•You should never hit a woman until the fifth times she’s hit you in the face.

•They have the wrong lights at Wal-Mart.

What has your trauma taught you?

**If you’re a mental health survivor or mental health provider and want to tell your story – please email me at!**

For more excellent insight and entertainment through a collaborative approach to all things mental health, including a guest post from yours truly, visit the Blunt Therapy Blog by Randy Withers, LPC! For additional perspectives on suicide prevention from master level mental health providers visit, 20 Professional Therapists Share Their Thoughts on Suicide!

In collaboration with Luis Posso, an Outreach Specialist from, Deskraven is now offering guides on depression and suicide prevention to its readers. For more information on understanding the perils of addiction visit, Substance Abuse and Suicide: A Guide to Understanding the Connection and Reducing Risk! In addition, for a comprehensive depression resource guide from their sister project at Columbus Recovery Center visit, Dealing with Depression!

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