Ok I’m asking this question seriously and not intending to hurt anyone’s feelings: why do you need trigger warnings? In therapy they taught me the best way to get over my (mild) ptsd/agoraphobia/body dysmorphia was to face my problems and to develop new cognitive styles that are more resilient to possible triggering events. Aren’t trigger warnings doing the opposite of that? I see a lot of things on tumblr that I would rather not because of how easily wounded I am but I would rather get used to it and move on because I can’t be hyper vigilant and monitor everything for triggers, especially not on tumblr. I’m just curious about this and I do understand that some people can’t handle things and I will try to post more warnings since some people have messaged me asking for these warnings, but I am unable to help you if you don’t tell me what needs tagging.
in (most) anxiety cases the best way to get over your issue is by facing the things that are causing you problems, yeah - but that’s a stage you have to get to.
You said your issues were mild and I’m glad you were able to overcome your illness. Rewire your thinking patterns is integral to moving on and living a healthier life, but like you said, your problems were mild.
Someone who has been recently raped and traumatized by that experience isn’t going to magically ‘get over’ that by reading a post about rape and suddenly thinking ‘oh, hey, I should probably look up more rape cases to come to get over it. poof! my problems are gone.’ things take time. things take admittance, acceptance, coping techniques, and finally, healing. Coming to terms with your problems is a journey and it’s different for everyone. I had unmanageable social anxiety from childhood to 12th grade where I finally was about to admit I had a problem and put myself in therapy. months later, my friend who’s being treated for ocd told me her therapist said the only way to get over my fear was by facing it directly. So she told me the only way to solve my social anxiety (something she didn’t have) was by throwing myself into the midst of a crowd and putting all the attention on myself. To which my therapist, when I told her, practically jumped up and said NO. Different problems have different treatments. Some are best jumped into (like with ocd’s intrusive thoughts), but most others take time.
You’ve gotten a lot of replies to this calling you an asshole. I’m not going to do this. Because while you sound a little insulting, you’re flat out saying you want to understand. You’re not calling anyone names or telling people to grow the fuck up or get some balls. But you should know that you’ve come off as completely ignorant and (I hate myself so much for using this word, please forgive me) privileged to have only experienced mild issues and been able to get to the point where you can work on them.
I’m not going to lie, the community of ‘trigger warnings’ is a little out of hand. You reblog a photo of a cake and get a lovely little anon saying ‘my mom made cakes all the time and she’s dead you motherfucking scum of the earth' and nice little things like that. It's all up to the individual to help themselves become resilient to triggers.