What Are Intrusive PTSD Memories?

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PTSD Symptom Guide
BY The Mighty

The memories may pop into your mind without any obvious triggers, whether you are awake or asleep. Intrusive memories may include emotional, sensory or body sensation experiences.

Intrusive memories and dreams bring up unwanted reminders of your trauma history.

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What do intrusive memories really feel like?

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My nightmares when I’m asleep bleed into my daily life. At times after just getting up I’m unable to differentiate whether I’m awake or asleep. They feel so real, I even experience the physical pain in them.

Will D., Mighty community member
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Other mental health conditions can include symptoms similar to intrusive memories. PTSD intrusions, however, are distinguished by their trauma content.

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if you experience intrusive memories, You're not alone.

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