You need to know what to do when your betrayal trauma is triggered. Triggers are generally described as reminders associated with your partner’s sexual acting out and emotional abuse, or other relationally abusive behaviors.
Betrayal Trauma Affects a Woman’s Body and Mind
Women’s bodies and minds are effected by betrayal trauma.
Physical symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- Headaches and other physical pains/discomforts
- Pelvic pain
- Body temperature fluctuation
- Loss of appetite or increased appetite
Emotional and mental symptoms may include:
- Mood swings
- Increased crying or an inabilitiy to cry
- Panic and/or anxiety attacks
Triggers May Be A Warning
In traditional therapy models, triggers are often spoken of in a negative light. At BTR, we believe in a woman’s intuition. When a victim is feeling triggered, she may want to explore that feeling with a supportive and knowledgeable professional. Women are better able to protect themselves and their children when they understand and can respond appropriately to triggers.
It is important that women see triggers as a powerful safety mechanism within themselves. Women’s bodies and brains want safety and will use triggers to remind women to stay away from unsafe situations that remind them of previous traumas.
How Do I Know If My Betrayal Trauma Has Been Triggered?
Some victims have difficulty identifying what betrayal trauma triggers feel like. Abuse and betrayal can cause women to disconnect from their own feelings and emotions. It’s helpful to understand how triggers feel.
No two victims are the same. However, many victims express that triggers provoke an emotional response. If you feel angry, confused, numb, or unable to focus, you may be experiencing a betrayal trauma trigger.
Some women also experience physical symptoms. They may feel fatigued or hyper. They may experience headaches or muscle pains. Feeling triggered is an aspect of trauma.
Safety, Self-Care, and Support
When women suffer from betrayal trauma and experience associated triggers, there are three basic steps that they can take to begin the journey to healing and empowerment.
BTR believes in Safety First. When women set boundaries, they are able to begin setting the framework for a safe and healthy life.
Abusers condition victims to ignore their own needs. At BTR, we support women in learning to love themselves and learn the tools for appropriate self-care.
No victim should have to walk the road of healing alone. Support is essential to every betrayed and abused woman. Women deserve support and validation.
BTR.ORG Offers Safety and Support
At BTR, we understand how much triggers can affect a victim’s life. The free BTR podcast is available to all victims. This resource offers knowledge that helps women become empowered.
Remember, you are not alone.