Hi, I’m Leif E. Greenz and I’m in the middle of a trauma anniversary. Today, I’m going to share 15 coping strategies for surviving the PTSD anniversary effect.
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As most people with PTSD (and C-PTSD) know, trauma anniversaries can be devastating. There are even two terms for the phenomenon: the anniversary effect and the anniversary reaction. Both refer to what happens when an anniversary day/month/season rolls around and can be broken down into four main symptoms: intrusion, avoidance, arousal, and mood changes. (From the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs)
In this video, I’ll share some of my personal experiences with trauma anniversary reactions, since I happen to be going through one as I write this. In the second half of the video, I’ll share 15 tips and tricks for surviving your own trauma anniversaries. This is Toolbox Tuesday, after all!
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How do you cope with the PTSD anniversary effect? Let me know down in the comments. If you try out any of these tips, I’d love to hear from you about how it went.
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