Triggers still relate to something that reminds someone of their past, but in the mental health field, these memories are extremely painful or disturbing. These feelings can affect someone’s mood, concentration, or even their concept of reality.
A trigger could be something as simple as someone slamming a door. It may not seem that important to one person, but if someone experienced war or a car crash, the loud noise could remind them of their past. Small moments like this are significant enough to throw someone into distress, sometimes causing flashbacks that feel as though they are reliving their negative experience.
Triggers are different for each person, but some could take the form of the anniversary of the event, specific environments or people, a loud noise, certain names, or even the tone of someone’s voice. Some people may not even know they have a certain trigger until it sends them into distress. Again, triggers are different for each person, and they vary from the different traumas they experienced.