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Old 09-05-09, 01:39 PM   #1
 
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After a traumatic experience, it's pretty much inevitable to have recurring thoughts about the incident. So, here's my question: When negative thoughts and painful memories are evoked, what's the best way to deal with them?

I'm aware that constantly ignoring your emotions is unhealthy, but it's better than getting super-depressed, right?

I'm asking this because I can't seem to find an effective way of coping with these sort of things, so if anyone could help me out here, that'd be fabulous. Thanks in advance!
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Old 09-06-09, 11:26 PM   #2
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You said you can't seem to find an effective way to cope. What have you tried?

Have you tried creatively dealing with them? Writing, drawing, photography, poetry, etc.

Exercising will make you feel better afterwords, but it's never really helped me cope through something. And I've never tried meditation or yoga, but everyone says that's good for stress and relaxing.

If the recurring thoughts are inevitable, you could meet it head on. Take some time, put in some calming music - or not, whichever - and let your mind wander through your thoughts. You can write your thought process down on some paper, or type it up, or draw little doodles. It might be a little immature of me to say this, but I like coloring. As in coloring books, etc. I used to think that the pictures in coloring books were set in stone and could never move until I colored them in. I'd color in an arm here and the character would be able to move it, then I'd color the head in, and they'd be able to blink and breathe and tell me how thankful they were and all the things they were going to do now that they could move. I had a pretty overactive imagination when I was a little kid. lol

And, of course, there's always talking to a trusted friend or loved one, speaking with a counselor, keeping a journal, posting on here or another forum that will give you good feedback.

Don't know if any of that helped. Good luck
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No, that did help. Thanks. I'm glad to have gotten a response!

I love writing and drawing, but I'm such a perfectionist. If I'm feeling depressed, I'll get upset over the tiniest details of whatever I'm doing, and it'll just make things worse. As far exercise, I had to quit martial arts because the monthly costs were too high. I can't really force myself to practice at home or anything, just because it's not the same.

I've thought about these things so many times and written all of my thoughts down just as you said, but I get so upset... Maybe I'm just too sensitive.

I'm looking for a therapist right now, so that's a start. I really appreciate the input.

Thank you.
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