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Engulfed in My Memories and Fears

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I don’t know. It’s like, I’m sitting in class, then a memory of something frightening or maybe something that didn’t even happen, just begins and I grow fearful and then the memory just starts to grow and it’s like if I’m living it again. Everything else is nearly blocked out and I have to stop myself from screaming and then it disappears and I’m back where I am. I don’t get it. I’m scared.

Engulfed in My Memories and Fears

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Based on a very short letter, it is difficult to know what you are experiencing. What you have described may be consistent with flashbacks associated with trauma. A flashback essentially is a re-experiencing of a traumatic event. During a flashback, an individual may literally feel as though the traumatic experience is happening again. In a flashback, a person may lose awareness of what is going on around them. Flashbacks are associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

It is important that you inform your parents about what you are experiencing. I would also recommend seeing a primary care doctor for a medical evaluation. It is important to rule out a medical cause. In addition, speak with your primary care physician about being evaluated by a mental health professional. He or she can refer you to a local clinic or specialist. Working with a mental health professional can help you gain a sense of control over these experiences. In addition, there are treatments that can prevent such experiences from occurring. Medication may also be helpful. Please take care. I wish you well.

Engulfed in My Memories and Fears

Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW

Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist and Assistant Professor of Social Work and Forensics with extensive experience in the field of mental health. She works in private practice with adults, adolescents and families. Kristina has worked in a large array of settings including community mental health, college counseling and university research centers.

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Randle, K. (2018). Engulfed in My Memories and Fears. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 26, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2010/10/27/engulfed-in-my-memories-and-fears/
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