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Minerva's Breakdown

Advice for those on the verge


Dear Minerva,

I have a big problem with flashbacks. Everyone tells me that I can get through it, but the problem is, I don't think I can. People say the only thing that will help is to go with the flow, but the flashbacks keep getting worse, and I have no idea what to do. I already have a counselor. Please write back.

—Flashback to Black

Dear Flash,

First of all, if your friends have never been in a position where they were dealing with flashbacks, they most likely won't understand it isn't something you can just turn off. To "go with the flow" isn't necessarily an option. You mentioned you have a counselor, which is good. I am just a highly opinionated person with a lot of complex life experiences that give me a unique perspective on the bizarreness of life, but I don't have the training to offer you any advice other than if you aren't making improvements in your situation with the counselor you have, consider seeking out a mental health professional who specializes in what you are suffering with. What I do know from my own personal trauma is that, while I can never go back and change what happened to me, I commit to working through it, even though I sometimes have really bad days. I hope you seek meaningful help. Best of luck, sweetness.