I was watching a program on recovery from ptsd. I feel this whole experience is a form of ptsd. Many on here also have said the same. They feel like they now have ptsd.
well anyway--in helping those heal. One thing they said was to stop when you have the triggers and try to distract yourself with some new thoughts. the triggers are like when your emotions shut down and freeze you. Its like a deer in the headlights. You can't move on because you are incapable--you are frozen. In order to move on try distraction.
Physical distractions work to retrain the brain. Move your eyes side to side to lull it into a new pattern.
For traumatized children they advocated sitting down and giving yourself a butterfly hug by wrapping your arms around you to hug yourself--seems like it could help adults too?
in addition try concentrating on breathing in and out.
then they said for trauma victims sometimes talking isn't always the best response to them. they can't process their true thoughts in the middle of triggers. What they crave most is knowledge that they are now safe. So simply saying your are safe now and reassuring them is best rather than talking through feelings.
anyway--maybe this will help people that feel stuck. I notice many on here say that often.
maybe looking up online how to handle ptsd will give more ideas.