Triggers and the Hangover

Most people know what a hangover feels like: headaches, dizziness, sickness, a sense of a hazy existence. Some claim to have their personal “cures”- mine happens to be complaining to the wife and hating the world around me.

Although, traditional ‘morning after night’ hangover is different in symptoms of psychiatric discontent, in my experience there is little different in the body’s response to a long night out.

I’m speaking specifically about complex post – traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD), because this is what I know, but I’m sure this is something people who live in all sorts of conditions of mental health experience.   I heard before that the word “adrenaline hangover” and I understand that there is something similar here. 

An adrenaline hangover is often experienced after you have produced a fight or a flight response — a panic attack, a trigger, an “episode,” extreme stress, etc. It is like you are someone who has severe anxiety and spends the day doing something emotionally tiring or hard for you, and then you experience reservoir-like symptoms afterwards. I think that a C-PTSD hangover is at least somewhat different for me. Doing something that makes me anxious is quite different from experiencing a C-PTSD trigger response.

Often, I can get in touch with a trigger, heal easily, and be OK within a few minutes, and sometimes it can affect me for days. It’s sometimes just a reaction, a physical and emotional response, and then a recovery, but often a reaction, a response, and then a feeling that some sort that positivity has been drained out of you for days to come. I have known it to last weeks.

It’s a constant reminder of your pain, and it leaves you in a state of everything your body does to respond to it, which can make it very hard to get back to your day-to-day life when you’ve undergone a stimulus.

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