I Have Flashbacks of Awful Things

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 521 People

    The Smell

    I really hate when a scent sends me back to those moments I wish to forget. Unable to leave those moments in the past, They come from nowhere and I have no control to stop them. I just let them wash over me like the waves at the shore. The only comfort is at some point they will...
    Biohazard61 Biohazard61
    41-45, M
    1 Response Jan 9, 2013
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Feb 16, 2015

    I Hate These Flashbacks I Get.

    Every day i have had a flashback about war.  I started having them right after i left Afghanistan Th first flash back i usually get is the one about the vehicle born improvised explosive device that hit my cop at 6:00 in the morning. It feels i am there every time. I feel the...
    heero22 heero22
    1 Response Nov 4, 2011

    when I was very young,

    about 3 i think. I was molested by a friend of a relative. I don't remember it much, since I repressed it so much. But it happened. This is the first time I'm letting myself talk about it. I've never let myself think about it. I will sometimes flashback to it, in a dream, or...
    Rose11231 Rose11231
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jul 13, 2014

    What Does It Mean?

    I have always had this wierd flash that pops into my mind.  It's the same images.  It's like a memory but I don't remember it.  I remember the location when I was a kid.  I remember the house.  I remember the backyard and playing in the tent.  It's what in the tent that...
    flodials flodials
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Mar 6, 2012

    Does anyone have any ways of coping with

    flashbacks? They are horrible things that are starting to last longer and longer. It's effecting my studies, social life and daily routines. I really need some help with how to cope with them pleasr
    HannahElizabethLouise HannahElizabethLouise
    18-21, F
    1 Response Sep 14, 2014

    My flashbacks are comparatively tame compared

    to the ones experienced by the other posters. They've had to deal with horrifying traumas, but my cross to bear is embarassment. Every time I find a moment of peace I'll suddenly be reliving a moment where I made a complete *** of myself. Every. Time. I try to let go, but the...
    RustinCohle RustinCohle
    18-21, M
    Mar 2, 2014

    Just Did...

    i dunno what triggered it, but all of a sudden i felt cold and scared and shaky.  at least i was home and secure; i gave myself permission to let whatever wanted to come up and out do so.  it was horrible, a scene i havent flashed on before... and one i hadnt remembered...
    SunnyKris SunnyKris
    26-30, F
    1 Response Sep 24, 2007

    Thought I Was Done

    So, I've been through some stuff.... but who hasn't? Plenty of people have seen and experienced things that where vile. I thought i was done though.. I thought i was in the clear, been to therapy got that t-shirt all that ****. It's been about a year since I've had a flashback...
    DeanaWinchester DeanaWinchester
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 2, 2012


    I have flashbacks of being a really sick girl growing up. Mentally. Flashbacks of things I don't want to remember from when I was even younger. None of it was horrible, but it does make me feel bad. Nobody knows I was hospitalized except my parents. It shouldn't matter. Still...
    LifelessSource LifelessSource
    18-21, F
    1 Response Aug 8, 2011

    I'm so happy you did what you did to me tho the

    pain was horrible. I'm soooo happy I dodged the bullet with you. because I see you never changed. the meds didn't work for you. I see you're still winking at 13-15 year old girls when you're in your 20s. but hey, you fake it on the internet remember? you aren't like this in real...
    mentallyhigh mentallyhigh
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Oct 26, 2015


    Thats what I am feeling.  I want to expose myself but my shame keeps me.  I know where I am is only a part of the process.  I know I have to write about all the different expericnes I have been through.  I want to expose that part.  Shame.  Not for how someone would see me...
    flodials flodials
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Mar 18, 2012


    A little over a year ago on Christmas Eve, my (ex) fiance and I were arguing, and he ended up beating me up, really bad, over the course of seven hours. Hitting me in the face and in the stomach, biting me, and so many horrible things. He wouldn't let me leave his apartment, and...
    yell0bird yell0bird
    26-30, F
    5 Responses Mar 2, 2013

    My past unfortunately is something

    that I cannot forget
    nerdybabe nerdybabe
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Apr 22, 2014

    I kissed my bosses husband!

    ! We were both drunk and I'm not sure he even remembers. I feel terrible!! The woman is so nice! I feel like a terrible person!!
    rosebud622 rosebud622
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jul 13, 2014

    I lost a job because a particular flashback

    persisted to plague me. It made me tired, irritable, angry. I just couldn't deal with the stress and the fear on top of everything else. So I left.
    Lucienn Lucienn
    22-25, T
    Jul 13, 2014


    It's wierd for me...I'd be in my room reading, listening to music somewhere, or talking to a friend and then I just get these horrible flashbacks of my worst regrets and then I snap back into reality and I honestly hate it...but then again........who doesnt?
    ROCKjunki42 ROCKjunki42
    16-17, F
    Dec 10, 2007

    I suffer with really bad flashbacks of my

    childhood abuse and other horrific times I'vr had in the past. I have them everyday and they just come on all of a sudden. I don't need triggers to cause them, they are spontaneous. It is really hard and is making my life difficult when I'm constantly seeing gruesome images that...
    BeautyOfSuffering BeautyOfSuffering
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jun 5, 2014

    Wen I was 8 i played football with few mates

    then I saw my best friend claps on the floor after he scored a gole... dinner nannies running over 2 help i saw his face go gray his lips go blue and his eyes roll to the bk of his head. 2 hours later I got told he had died not long after I left him on the school grass
    24chris24 24chris24
    26-30, T
    1 Response Apr 15, 2014

    I keep waking up with nightmares.

    Nightmares of the guy who raped me. I'm not sure why this is happening, because it just started. But I hate it. I haven't gotten much sleep lately. ;~;
    zbubbly603 zbubbly603
    18-21, F
    Mar 2, 2014

    went clothes shopping with my fiance

    and his mother who was helping us, realized she cares more about her daughter who is spoiled beyond belief more than him. he hot upset and that made me realize that he went through the same thing I did with my mother who made me buy all my things since I was 9years old. she...
    ladyyukihime ladyyukihime
    18-21, F
    1 Response Apr 18, 2015

    I have flashbacks from sexual abuse.

    ..I am triggered by many things...common things that can't be avoided..I feel like it's happening again...I writhe and sob and try not to scream...I get so numb at times though...it is the only I can due to escape the pain...I feel so separated from myself...
    angelcutie angelcutie
    16-17, F
    1 Response Oct 9, 2015

    Well Done, Plaid!

    Just laying here reading a book I managed to trigger my stupid self.  The story didn't even have anything to do with anything and I'm spazzing!  Didn't go into a full-blown flashback, but it's a body memory and QUITE bad enough!I've had a bunch of flashbacks lately...the body...
    Plaid Plaid
    31-35, F
    Aug 27, 2011

    Its Disturbing

    i always have flash backs of bad things that happened while i was in school and of bad things that people have said to me and of things that i just want to forget. i hate it and it really gets to me, and i know that that is what is constantly knocking back my confidence and...
    sezy sezy
    16-17, F
    3 Responses Aug 17, 2007

    I've always had them,

    every since I was put into foster care, but they have gotten so much worse of the past few days, it like it all happening all over again....I can see him,smell him, hear him, feel him, I start to shake and I can't stop crying and sweating. It makes me feel stupid and weak, I...
    lostgirl2001 lostgirl2001
    13-15, F
    2 Responses Jan 23, 2015

    I Witnessed A Terrible Accident, And Blanked It Out

    I used to have flashes of a dark, lonely stretch of highway, late at night, right in the middle of nowhere. I'd see a small yellow car being pursued at high speed by an 18-wheeler. The car would virtually fly onto an exit ramp to escape the truck, lose control, roll and burst...
    diewasseratte diewasseratte
    61-65, F
    Aug 15, 2011
    Wolflover1999 Wolflover1999
    16-17, M
    Oct 17, 2015

    When I was bout 5 I saw a person get murderd

    and I said nothin and she comes to me at night
    poisonivy1365 poisonivy1365
    13-15, F
    1 Response Jul 13, 2014


    I woke up several times last nite.  I was having waking dreams again.  The ones where you feel like you are still in the middle of it and takes awhile for you to figure out that .....that was long long ago. I also had more....it was like I was sleeping and all my family was...
    flodials flodials
    41-45, F
    3 Responses Apr 18, 2012

    A few month ago I through myself into the

    freeway to try and leave this world. When I close my eyes I can still hear the crashing and smashing of my body
    BrookeSandhurst BrookeSandhurst
    18-21, F
    Jul 13, 2014

    Betrayed By Me.

    I can't begin to tell you how hard this is. It hurts so bad and yeah i know its just a flashback and it is not really happening now. I just feel so awful and sad and hurt and dirty and shameful and oh I just wish I could really tell you how I feel. Those are only words on a page...
    me2plz me2plz
    31-35, F
    1 Response Aug 20, 2010

    Flashbacks Hurt

    The day is going great. The clock is ticking as it should. My shift is nearly over. Then it happens! In walks someone from my past. Her parents & my parents were good friends. Her mom taught me in school. She was my mentor, the reason I became a teacher. My mom died from cancer...
    jiggstrixie92 jiggstrixie92
    51-55, F
    4 Responses May 22, 2011

    Bump In The Night

    I suffer from severe flashbacks, which thanks to medication have lessened a little in the last year or so. I was sexually abused for many years, and I often have flashbacks when its dark, or when dark is approaching. He used to come into my room late at night, to "tuck me in...
    Gokickamoocow Gokickamoocow
    22-25, F
    Apr 12, 2011

    sometimes it's ok but other times I can get

    really scared and cry certain thing can set them off I mostly freak out if some lunges for me or pushes me hard
    Bluelanterndodgerstark Bluelanterndodgerstark
    18-21, F
    May 29, 2014


    I have frequently struggle with the fact that my body reacted to a rape or other form of sexual abuse by having an ******. I wrestle with whether the sexual abuse could have been “that bad” if I had an ****** during it. Also I question whether this means that I am was some...
    me2plz me2plz
    31-35, F
    Aug 22, 2010


    They happen all the time...or if someone triggers a memory then they are there and it sucks.
    gentlyyours gentlyyours
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Apr 23, 2012

    I Do

        i have flashbacks of my mother dieing , the events to it . abuse from my fooster parents . middle school . my dad's gf daughter son terizing me .
    deleted deleted
    Aug 5, 2009

    Leave Me Alone, Flashback Demons!

    A lot of times I will suddenly get a flashback of what happened to me before. These things are usually sad and often the ones that left me crying and at my lowest. Mostly they are mistakes I made in judgment, decision-making (like lying and then getting caught - yikes!), and just...
    mixedview mixedview
    16-17, F
    Dec 31, 2007

    Flashbacks Memories Or Imaginings

    for years I have had flashbacks of awful things from my youth. A good portion of my life my family tried to get me to believe that these were imaginings from my warped brain as a child. Still there were things that did not fit imaginings so I kept searching. I think some...
    familiarjackal familiarjackal
    56-60, M
    6 Responses Apr 10, 2012

    I don't like it when I get flashbacks of my rape

    for no reason. I hate when I remember things I thought I didn't remember about that night, but I always feel like I'm on the verge of remembering a lot of details I couldn't before. I wish it never happened, I wouldn't be so difficult and hard to love if it never did. :(
    treasureforever treasureforever
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Mar 17, 2014

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