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Personal Triggers

Below is a list of the personal triggers that I have identified up to this point.

I don’t have pet peeves; I have major psychotic fucking hatreds, okay. And it makes the world a lot easier to sort out.
– George Carlin

Severity of Reaction
Trigger Name Frequency Reaction
Mild Moderate Significant Extreme Notes
Bruce Springsteen R D X During a severe accident that almost killed my wife and I, Bruce Springsteen was playing. It can cause flashbacks at times. So far this has only occurred once.
Acura MDX U Ra   X X X After July 3, 2009, I have an intense rage that occurs around SUVs, especially Acura MDXs, since that is what almost killed my wife.
‘Triggers’ O An   X X   Discussing triggers can cause a reaction in me. This is a result of my blaming myself for triggering a near fatal incident for a good friend.
Judgment Day Part 1, NCIS Season 05 Episode 18 A An, D     X X I have only seen this episode once. When I saw it, it caused a severe flashback to an event that occurred in 2007. It was too close to how someone important to me was found. Thankfully, unlike Director Sheppard, my friend is still alive and happily married. When I saw this episode, I had to get out of my apartment and walk. I got back to my apartment two hours later after walking 4 miles.
Close Calls (while driving) O An, F X X X X My reactions vary depending on how close of a call it is. I have been very sensitive to close calls since the accident on July 3, 2009. I have to carry Xanax with me when I drive these days.
People who hurt others U Ra   X X X When I hear about people hurting others it pisses me off. It is much worse when it is a political issue.
People who don’t care about others U Ra     X X When I see people who don’t care about other people and what others need it invokes a white hot rage in me. It is worse when this invoked by politics.
Bad Car Wrecks U An X X After July 3, 2009, I am very susceptible to anxiety attacks when I see a bad car wreck. I have to carry Xanax with me when I drive these days.
Seeing a Car Wreck Happen U An X X     After July 3, 2009, I am very susceptible to anxiety attacks when I see or hear an accident happen, even if it is only on television or in the movies. I have to carry Xanax with me when I drive these days.
‘Tea Party’ A Ra     X X I cannot explain my reaction to the Tea Party in ‘acceptable’ language. Just thinking about them fills me with rage.
Getting Cut Off (in conversation) U Ra   X X X When people cut me off in conversation, especially repeatedly it pisses me off. When I am speaking, I expect people to pay attention and respect me.
Being Ignored A Ra X X X X I hate being ignored. It shows no respect. It shows a total disregard for me.
Having to repeat myself U Ra   X X X My time is important and valuable. Do not waste it by ignoring me.
Lacking Any Control O D, Ra X X X X I expect to have control of all situations in my life, even if it is a small amount of control. When I have no control it turns my life on its ear and frustrates me.
Reaction Type
R = Rarely, O = Occasionally, U = Usually, A = Always
Ra = Rage, An = Anxiety, F = Fear, D = Depression

Posted: June 17th, 2011 under My Journey.

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