Fighting Flashbacks: Coping Skills for the Symptoms of PTSD

March 11, 2015 Becky Oberg

Posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that develops as a result of a traumatic event. According to Dr. Aphrodite Matsakis, PTSD occurs in 2% of those exposed to an accident, 25 -33% of those exposed to a community disaster, 25% of those who experience traumatic death of a friend or loved one, 30% of Vietnam veterans, 65% of those assaulted, 84% of battered women, and 35-92% of rape victims. Flashbacks are a common symptom of PTSD. Here's to use coping skills to fight the flashback symptom of PTSD.

Flashbacks: A PTSD Symptom You Can Fight with Coping Skills

Flashbacks are a symptom of PTSD but flashbacks can be fought with coping skills for the symptoms of PTSD. Read this to find out more.Flashbacks are memories so intrusive that the person thinks, acts, feels, and believes they are back during the traumatic event. But it is possible to fight these PTSD flashbacks with positive coping skills. We don't have to be prisoners to our past.

In this video, I discuss three coping skills that I use to deal with the PTSD symptom of flashbacks.

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Oberg, B. (2015, March 11). Fighting Flashbacks: Coping Skills for the Symptoms of PTSD, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, May 29 from

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Denise Cave
March, 14 2015 at 4:06 pm

If I visualise the original event I try and look upon it as if a passive observer in a calm way the same as I do if rendering First Aid in a Crisis Situation.

March, 13 2015 at 12:47 pm

Thank you for this and sharing it.

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