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Flashbacks of non-traumatic events?

Postby jilkens » Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:56 am

I'm having some issues lately with flashbacks that are from seemingly non-traumatic events.

I get flashbacks of traumatic events, too, but these ones are new and I have no idea why this is happening. It seems like I'm stuck in endless loops of things that have happened. Anything from a conversation with an old boss, to riding my bike down the street. My body repeats the same movements, I repeat the words out loud... it's like I'm really t here. And the memory isn't a bad one!

Does this happen to anyone else? I'm starting to wonder if my brain is so primed to traumatic flashbacks that it's reacting the same way to regular events.
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Re: Flashbacks of non-traumatic events?

Postby CrackedGirl » Wed Jun 08, 2011 10:40 am

I get this. I suddenly find myself having a FB to something completely innocuous. I am not sure why, maybe it is linked to therapy and there is something meaningful in there somewhere but you are not alone.

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Re: Flashbacks of non-traumatic events?

Postby LittleRedDog » Sat Jun 11, 2011 1:57 pm

I used to get flashbacks about grammar. As far as I can tell (and could tell then) nothing bad ever happened during the lessons, but the flashbacks were always excruciatingly terrified and I would black out after remembering them every time. I sort of wonder if the flashbacks of that event precede something bad that happened and I just don't currently have the ability to remember the actual horrible event. That's just one example, but I know this has happened to me in regards to other memories and I'll surprise myself when I realize that I'm not there living through that time again. I'll be shaken and filled with fear even if the memory has seemingly no negative events. Do you think that could be possible for you too?
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Re: Flashbacks of non-traumatic events?

Postby jilkens » Sun Jun 12, 2011 5:16 am

LittleRedDog wrote:I used to get flashbacks about grammar. As far as I can tell (and could tell then) nothing bad ever happened during the lessons, but the flashbacks were always excruciatingly terrified and I would black out after remembering them every time. I sort of wonder if the flashbacks of that event precede something bad that happened and I just don't currently have the ability to remember the actual horrible event. That's just one example, but I know this has happened to me in regards to other memories and I'll surprise myself when I realize that I'm not there living through that time again. I'll be shaken and filled with fear even if the memory has seemingly no negative events. Do you think that could be possible for you too?


That's exactly what I mean!
There's one memory that comes back often: driving on the highway and seeing a car pass me. When the event actually happened I was not nervous. Now, when the memory plays back, I get so worried about crashing. The tires seem to come really close, I lose my focus... then it's back to reality.
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Re: Flashbacks of non-traumatic events?

Postby Onebravegirl » Sun Jun 12, 2011 5:06 pm

H ladyswan,
Hmmm, Could it be that there may be a detail in these events that might have been overlooked? An helpful exercise can be to sit quiet and comfortable in an un distracted place. Recall the flashback but allow it to be is very slow motion. Take it in using all your senses. The smells, temperatures, sounds, sensations, emotions, even a taste in your mouth if possible. Breath in a relaxed way...go slow..and see if afterwards you have any new info from it. You may not, but you may no longer have the flashback again either. Its worth a shot right?
Let me know if it helps!
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Re: Flashbacks of non-traumatic events?

Postby jilkens » Mon Jun 13, 2011 5:02 am

I'll try that, One.
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Re: Flashbacks of non-traumatic events?

Postby Son » Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:19 am

I've had these kinds of flashbacks for years and years... in fact they have been my predominant experience of flashbacks all together. What I've found is that eventually a memory of something traumatic surfaces, could be years later after the re-experiencing begins, that I'm able to make the connection. So it isn't the actual trauma that made up the content of the flashback, but something new from the present that reminds of that hidden trauma I couldn't remember.
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Re: Flashbacks of non-traumatic events?

Postby jilkens » Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:39 am

Glad to know I'm not the only one. It really was starting to make me feel really crazy!
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Re: Flashbacks of non-traumatic events?

Postby CrackedGirl » Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:44 am

Hugs you are def not the only one. And you are not crazy.

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Re: Flashbacks of non-traumatic events?

Postby debra » Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:00 pm

Has anyone had flashbacks of something that didn't happen? I think I am making it up.
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