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Just for fun, here's the late George Carlin. www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSp8Iy… wooooot.

It really upsets me to see people throw the word "triggered" around willy-nilly. A war vet experiencing flashbacks of his friends getting blown up, gunned down and torn apart? That's being triggered. They used to call it shell shock. Now we call it PTSD. A rape victim being whisked back to the moment that it happened by some painful reminder? That's being triggered. Just getting a little peeved when you overhear someone saying something stupid and/or hurtful you've already debunked 100 times before that you wish people would stop saying? Well, that's... something, I guess, but it's nowhere near the same thing. That just makes light of the far greater ordeals people have been through.

You know, going back to George Carlin, I am glad we have a word like that now. Seems like a rubber-banding effect at work, like the language has been yanked back to something simple and impactful. "Trigger." It sounds a lot like "shell shock," huh?

What sets somebody off could be anything. A flashing light, a sound, a smell, any sort of sensory stimulation they also felt at the time could jog up memories of some terrible thing that happened to them, and bam, they're right back in that moment, reliving every gruesome detail of it. It doesn't even need to make sense. No one chooses their triggers.


So yeah... you can see how staring into the open maw-like cockpit of a zuit of the same general build type as Andrea's mech could set Minnow off.

Anyway... sorry for getting a little heavy, there. I've seen so many people on the internet joke about being "triggered," it's like not that many people have any idea what ACTUAL PTSD is. The waters have been muddied and people act like it's not real or something, cause of "special snowflakes" on college campuses or whatever.

That's it for today.

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Storozhevoy75's avatar
PTSD triggers, never fail. I still get teary eyed whenever something reminds me of my late dad; when ever I'm around other people and something triggers me, it usually takes a little effort to stay in control, but sometimes strong triggers require almost every ounce of will just to keep from breaking down before I can find a secluded spot.
lordmep's avatar
Yeah. Thought as much. Stupid machine, sitting around all day and triggering trauma. 
SpeedAction's avatar
Ok, so let's run down the list so far.

-Mutilated
-Bullied (For several reasons that could make a list of its own)
-Socially inept in a world dependent of social skills
-A body that is pretty much a walking debt
-Also with a higher risk of death than usual

And to top it all off, PTSD.

Maaaaaaaan,  just give her some slack!
NickOnPlanetRipple's avatar
A little change to that first one, she was born without arms or legs. Nobody cut them off.
Battledroidunit047's avatar
Dang... how does one LIVE like that?! It can NOT be easy...
NickOnPlanetRipple's avatar
Her quality of life greatly depends on the limbs available to her at any given moment.
Battledroidunit047's avatar
Then life gives her some pretty shoddy lemons...
FatherOfMusho's avatar
.....Heh.... you're preaching to the choir here.  Having PTSD myself from 5 years of childhood abuse, it makes me really cheesed off when someone throws that word around like it's nothing.  One wrong physical touch and it's either a nervous twitch all the way to a full-blown personality shift for me.
NickOnPlanetRipple's avatar
I don't have PTSD myself, but I know people who do, so I try to handle the subject delicately in my works.
thelegoking99's avatar

I think it's handled pretty well here. Especially in volume 2 where it really comes into play.

NickOnPlanetRipple's avatar

Yeah. The first two books really are best consumed back-to-back, with maybe chapter 8 saved for after volume 2, like an after-credits scene.

FatherOfMusho's avatar
I can give you an idea of what some of it entails.  For instance, I once called my High School teacher Mrs. V. "Mr. Saunders" during a flashback scenario because Mrs. Saunders  is the one who performed emotionally/mentally abusive psychological experiments on the kids as well as kicked me in the stones when I was ten.  I can also say without a doubt that PTSD can cause someone to be prone to mental breakdowns as well as emotionally fragile.
Gusindor's avatar
Poor Minnow... I'm not surprised she has PTSD after what happened.

Ugh, I also hate when people joke about being "triggered." It seems like too many people (on both sides of the debate) don't understand the difference between stuff that just annoys or upsets you, and stuff that legitimately damages your mental health.
AntiHitler's avatar
I understand what you're saying, but from what I've seen, the reason the word "triggered" has turned into a joke is because of what you described; because people started genuinely applying it to trivial things. So people started joking about and parodying that misuse. That's just my experience anyway, and I don't want to get too deep into it.
NickOnPlanetRipple's avatar
Yeah, and the people who used it that way in earnest can take a hike.
lastiecchi's avatar
 i understand my main rubbergirl vera as strong as she is she has severe hemophobia as a reslut of being a  merc  im the thai army an has compassion for fellow soliders
joshpoint0's avatar
thank you very much for making this clarification. It really annoyed me too. people saying "triggered" when having no idea what it actually means
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