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Your paper brain and your Kindle brain aren't the same thing -
If you’ve given up on reading paper books for the ease of your e-reader’s screen, you may want to step back a bit. Neuroscience confirms that our brains use different areas to read on paper and screens, and you need to exercise both.
“They call it a ‘bi-literate’ brain,” Zoromodi says. “The problem is that many of us have adapted to reading online just too well. And if you don’t use the deep reading part of your brain, you lose the deep reading part of your brain.”
So what’s deep reading? It’s the concentrated kind we do when we want to “immerse ourselves in a novel or read a mortgage document,” Zoromodi says. And that uses the kind of long-established linear reading you don’t typically do on a computer. “Dense text that we really want to understand requires deep reading, and on the internet we don’t do that.”
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What is a trigger?
A trigger is something that causes your illness to flare. While stress in general is not a trigger- something like fear of failure or being stretched too thin could be. A lot of times people will write general stress off without considering what it is that is causing the general stress, and what all goes into PTSD.
If you grew up in an abusive household where you would be punished if you didn’t do well in school, it is perfectly understandable that school and authoritative pressure might be a trigger for you.
Triggers can be smells, tastes, textures. They can be comments, they can be articles that remind you of what happened.
Being triggered isn’t an instant panic attack- but it often lends itself to one. Sometimes people stay triggered for days, it slowly eating at their ability to function as symptoms get worse without any idea of what to do help.
Sometimes self-soothing helps when someone gets mildly triggered. Sometimes they’re able to get rid of the triggered feeling without going into a full blown panic attack.
Sometimes they just continue to feel bad without a way to make the feeling go away.
In cases like this, people will often choose to trigger themselves more.
They will read articles about what happened. They’ll listen to music that reminded them of what happened. They’ll allow themselves to be overcome by the bad feeling-
because at the end, they feel better. Instead of spending a week in misery, they speed up the process and have a really really bad night.
Sometimes though, a survivor will get upset at themselves for doing this. They blame themselves. They say things like, ‘Why did I choose to listen to that? I knew it’d just upset me.’ ‘It’s my fault I’m upset right now- I did this to myself.’
I just wanted to let you all know that it is not your fault. Sometimes we do these consciously, sometimes we don’t- but either way, we’re coping the only way we know.
It’s okay to have bad nights. It’s okay if you relapse on bad habits. Tomorrow is a new day, and we just have to keep trying for a better one.
Take care of yourself today, Okay?
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