PTSD is about having the fight or flight symptoms triggered, but not triggered just so so, triggered full blast! It feels like life and death total panic. Other people who don't have ptsd may sometimes get a mild case of fight or flight, but they need to understand that ours is over the top, out of control. The other aspect is that if it is relational ptsd, then it means feeling totally threatened by that person, not by outside events, but by the person who is triggering us. That is when other people need to understand that it is time to totally back off. There is no point arguing or even talking at this point. The person having a ptsd episode needs to be given lots of space to get back down to the ground and probably vent. That is when they need support the most. Anything else will add fuel to the flames. This is what we need others to understand.
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