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Re: emotional flooding?

Posted by floatingbridge on May 2, 2010, at 18:13:47

In reply to emotional flooding?, posted by floatingbridge on May 2, 2010, at 14:50:37

Well, I think it came to mind about my young son--his feelings are intense compared to some of his peers though not abnormally so. I realized (or more deeply realized) that these moments call for different response--he's not 'rational'. (In addition to being a child....)

So while slowing down, being present for him, asking myself what he really needs, it dawns on me that I get that way, too. As a matter of fact, it's a big portion of maladaptive behavior AND, I suspect, a kind of emotional response that years of abuse, stress, and compensation, all piled on top of what was probably a emotionally sensitive temperament left unguided.

I haven't had intentional therapeutic flooding, though have had the flooding experience triggered by memory. Has anyone used this approach?

Lately, I'm more aware of how often I have 'flooding' in the sense of being triggered and thus not available. I'm learning to stay with the awareness of being activated (which is pretty darn activating in itself! like, wow, I really am a nut case like my dad type thoughts....) and to somehow take a chill pill--recovery time until other parts of my brain begin to work. Decreased arousal.

I'm on a mobile phone and can't look back to see who posted what information--. Was it you WIP that posted helpful approaches? Thank you.

So, 'this' is something others do too?

Thanks for your posts.

MDD currently controlled. C-ptsd and comorbid health concerns. Chronic fatigue.




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