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How do I stop repeating traumatic memories in my head

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Hi Alex, how do I stop repeating traumatic memories in my head? Out of the most random times my mind recalls them and it sucks


Hi there, welcome to Ask Alex,
First of all, we want to say that we’re really sorry to hear that you’re going through this. It can be tough to deal with traumatic memories, and it’s completely natural to want to find a way to stop them from intruding on your thoughts.
It’s important to remember that these memories can resurface at random times, and that can be challenging. One thing you can try is to talk to a trusted adult about what you’re going through. Sharing your feelings and experiences with someone you trust can be incredibly helpful.
You also have the right to get professional medical help and diagnosis, to help you deal with the thoughts and to learn skills on how to keep them away. Very often, traumatic thoughts will continue to come back until we deal with the cause of the thoughts. Getting support from professionals will help you learn new coping strategies.
In addition, you might want to consider reaching out to organisations like or CAMHS, the Child and Adolescence Mental Health Services. They are there to provide guidance and support for teens facing various mental health challenges, including dealing with traumatic memories. You can find out more about CAMHS service here
Lastly, if you ever find it difficult to talk to someone you know, please know that Childline is available 24/7 for you. You can contact us for support, whether by phone at 1800 66 66 66 or through Live Chat at Childline offers a non-judgmental and confidential space for you to talk about what you’re going through. You are never alone in this, and our facilitators genuinely care about your well-being and are ready to explore your options with you.
Please remember that you don’t have to face this alone, and there are resources and people who want to support you through this journey.
Take care and please reach out soon,

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