“Courage, Anxiety, and Despair: Watching the Battle” by James Sant (c. 1850), Author Christie’s Auction House (Lot No. 5563227)(PD-Art l Old-100)
As abuse victims mature, we develop emotionally and intellectually, in the process acquiring new coping skills. However, situations which call up the past for us, can still trigger the freeze response.
We may not be aware why this feels like familiar ground; may not be able to identify the similarity to prior events. Triggers can be as subtle as an aroma, or the play of light on the water at a certain time of day.
Subtlety does not though make triggers absurd. We have simply lost their original meaning. It is deeply buried in our past.
Dealing with the Freeze Response
There are strategies victims can use to deal with anxiety and the freeze response . Here are a few suggestions:
Overthinking any problem will only increase…
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