2.0 Post-Traumatic Stress: Understanding Trauma Memories

It is natural  to

experience unwanted 

memories of a trauma

After experiencing a traumatic event it’s normal to have repeated thoughts about what happened.  Traumatic events are so shocking and different that they don’t fit well with what you already know about the world.  In order to make sense of what happened, your mind keeps bringing the trauma memory back, replaying it over again when you’re awake or dreaming.  Basically, your mind is trying to digest what happened, fit it in to what you already know, and regain some sense of control.   Unfortunately, you may have very little control over upsetting thoughts about the trauma. This section describes common triggers that can prompt these memories.