Contains sexual abuse - Coping strategies for flashback related distress
I was repeatedly sexually assaulted by my ex-boyfriend a year or 2 ago- I am in therapy for it but my therapist has put my PTSD work on hold for a bit whilst I get back on track as I was having a bit of a wobble, and the stuff with my ex is the last area we are covering anyway as it's the hardest and she wants to get my other non-related PTSD stuff out the way first.
I am nearly a year free of self harm and other associated self-defeating behaviours, but I do struggle quite a lot at night at the moment. When I have flashbacks etc I find it really uncomfortable to be in my skin knowing he touched it etc, and it brings on a lot of self harm thoughts because of that. It feels like my skin is crawling, like I can feel him there etc and it's horrid.
I was just wondering if anyone has any good coping strategies for this kind of thing? Like I don't want to end up back where I was on self-destruct, but it's so hard in the evenings, especially as distraction gets difficult at night (I get through the days using distraction techniques) because I am meant to be trying to sleep so I don't mess up my sleeping pattern again (it's hard to make 9am lectures with a messed up sleeping pattern!)
Thank you x