How do you handle flashbacks?

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    Lyssyposted 6 years ago

    How do you handle flashbacks?

    I wanted to ask you the best way to handle flashbacks. It seems like they come whenever they want to.  And, also, I made the mistake of telling someone I thought loved me about the incident. He responded very brutally. How do you handle that?

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    GarnetBirdposted 6 years ago

    This is HARD.  I know how you feel.  I often have found distraction is the only way to go.  If I pop a piece of candy into my mouth or read something outloud, or smell something like vanilla oil, it takes edge off.  Sometimes a bath helps.  But when these things occur in public places (mine used to flare up when standing in line)it's difficult.  I used to carry a cough drop in my pocket. One therapist suggested making clapping noises or doing something very physical when the flashbacks occur.  I cannot afford therapy anymore as my insurance does not cover it, so I rely on Incest Survivors Anonymous-I hooked up with a very supportive group in Long Beach, run by a survivor of Satanic Ritual Abuse.  She's amazing.  God bless you and thank you for your emails.

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    Marcella Glennposted 6 years ago

    Tips On Using Flashbacks
    Flashbacks will keep fiction
    interesting, but it must be
    mixed well. A flashback that's
    too long bores the reader, and
    he/she moves to the next
    author/writer. It's the primary
    concern when working with flashbacks.

    Begin your fiction in a dramatic
    scene. If the reader needs to know
    how a character ended-up in the
    situation, show them with a
    flashback. The flashback takes the
    reader back and uncovers relevant
    information that leads to where
    the story opened.

    Sometimes, a sentence is all that's
    needed. At other times, a paragraph
    is required to handle a flashback.
    In other words, flashbacks must
    not slow-down the pace of a story.

    Music, loud noise, a fall, gentle
    shake or ringing telephone can set
    a flashback into motion.

    The following is the tell me method
    to a flashback. It's necessary to
    the excerpt. One paragraph explains
    the background of grandmother and
    gives insight into Tay's ancestry.

    "Mother, tell me about how
    grandmother migrated to find a better
    life," Tay pleaded.

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