Random Triggering - Question (SI)
How do you deal when you are randomly and unexpectedly triggered?
For example... Part of my job involves subtitling films. Out of the blue, this one scene in a movie just showed a teenage girl get out her cutting kit and start self harming. Whenever something like this happens (which is surprisingly often), I get that rush of sadness and pain even though it's not me, and I immediately want to reach for my own blades. It has been years since I last cut but I still struggle with the urges pretty much daily, and having unexpected triggers makes it really hard to resist.
How do you cope when you're out in the world, pretending to be an adult, and that unexpected trigger throws you back to your teenage self and leaves you wanting to curl up under the desk in a pool of blood and tears? (Note I did cut into my adult years but I still feel like that lost teenager deep down...)