I was officially diagnosed with anxiety at the end of August. I posted here some of my thoughts about that. The experience of being diagnosed officially on paper in black and white was validating and terrifying, a mix of relief and dread. What I was going through wasn’t normal and I suspected what the problem was. Being correct was a nice feeling because it was nothing more or less worse than I expected.
I mentioned that I was in the process of seeking services I was really excited about, but due to my overall health I had to make some changes in my life and those opportunities fell through. Now I’m awaiting my records in order to seek other services closer to home. One thing I am really looking forward to is figuring out what triggers my anxiety.
We all know what triggers are and that many people have them. Triggers resurrect feelings about an event. In this context, it usually is a negative feeling tied to a traumatic event. An frequent example of someone who might be susceptible to a trigger could be a soldier diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
But others might be triggered by mere topics, and those feelings are valid, too.
I’ve been journaling daily several times a day with an app called Moodnotes. This app played a huge role in helping me identify the traps that my anxiety made me fall into, as well as gave me a place to channel my anxiety as I worked through it. But I still struggle with knowing what my triggers are. I started looking around online about the link between anxiety and triggers. I wanted to find out what triggered other people, and what were common triggers, to see if I identified with any of them.
Reluctant to discuss triggers
I was surprised to find there are lists and discussions about other common triggers, such as suicide warnings, rape warnings, explicit content warnings, etc. But no one really wanted to talk about the things that triggered anxiety. Even more interesting was the stigma I found surrounding people labeling their posts with trigger warnings, and trigger warnings in general.
For some reason, people seem to think that trigger warnings aren’t necessary, that the world today is too sensitive. Wrong! Trigger warnings are an absolute necessity. People deserve to be warned about the content they’re about to read, especially now that we live in a world where anyone can publish anything. People deserve to know they may be triggered and have a choice about whether they push through it and consume the content the internet has brought them. At the same time, people deserve the right to information and resources, and to know they’re not alone.
Let’s break the stigma on trigger warnings and shed some light on the question I’ve been wondering since I was diagnosed: “What triggers my anxiety?” (Tell me what triggers yours in the comments below.)
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