It is difficult for an outsider to understand the situations that act as triggers and so affect mentally challenged people as they might not understand what a trigger is. Most of us are affected by some sort of trigger; the elements of daily life that bring out intense emotions can also lead to dangerous situations. Not only people with mental illnesses experience this kind of thing.
The question is; how does one push aside the mental health triggers that haunt their every move? The answer depends on their personal struggle. For a person struggling with an eating disorder, the mere sight of food or the addition of an extra kilo on the scale, can act as a trigger. For a person addicted to ‘self-harm,’ the sight of a sharp object can trigger their urge to self-injure.
If a therapist is able to replace those triggers with a positive diversion, the possibility of moving on is more likely. Writing, music or being surrounded by supportive people, are positive replacements.
The saying ‘Every cloud has a silver lining,’ – is welll known, so how about changing that to: Every silver lining has a small cloud ?