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the PTSD Drill Down and
Drill Up Technique
I got the idea to call triggers of PTSD Pilot Lights from our home furnace system. Each time our thermostat recognized that our house temperature was not “just right” either the air conditioning or the heating system kicked in. I saw my feelings as the thermostat to what was going on in my mind. What I didn’t understand for many years is that I could use a drill down process within my mind to find out what had caused such a disregularlity within my system.
On the next page, you’ll find an example of what questions I ask myself in order to uncover the trigger, as well as how to put coping strategies in place in order to prevent and manage when triggers happy, as well as why it is important to know our triggers and how to manage them.