For people living with PTSD, Avoidance is a symptom as well as a coping mechanism. It’s a way to limit distressing experiences. Things like memories, thoughts, or feelings that are closely related to a traumatic event. These reminders can include sounds; smells; physical symbols; exposure to people, places, or things connected with the past traumatic event too.
In the below edition of Canada Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, it’s a regular event in the life of a person living with PTSD with the hope that your friends and loved ones understand what you’re going through.
Thanks for the invite but unfortunately I can’t attend your wedding.
The location just reminds me of things I don’t wish to think about.
Waterfalls might trigger me and I’d rather avoid it all together.
I’m sorry if my absence will upset you but it’s the reality of my life now.
P.S. Nobody likes your future wife and they’re too scared to tell you.
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Below are some curated books for those suffering with PTSD, as well as books for loved ones about Communication and use of Vocabulary. All come highly recommended by the Massive Phobia staff.