An emotional flashback is a psychological experience where a person is triggered by a current event or situation that subconsciously reminds them of a traumatic event from their past. During an emotional flashback, the individual may re-experience the intense emotions and sensations associated with the past traumatic event, even though the current situation is not directly related to that event.
Unlike typical flashbacks, which involve vivid memories of past events, emotional flashbacks involve a re-experiencing of the emotions and physical sensations associated with a past traumatic event. This can include feelings of fear, panic, helplessness, or intense sadness, as well as physical symptoms like rapid heartbeat, sweating, or shortness of breath.
Emotional flashbacks are commonly associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD), which are conditions that can result from experiencing or witnessing traumatic events. Emotional flashbacks can be triggered by a wide range of events or situations, and they can be difficult to manage or control without professional help. Treatment for emotional flashbacks may involve therapy, medication, and other forms of support.