Triggers are sights, sounds, actions, people, situations, and songs that trigger an emotional response. They may produce uncomfortable emotional or psychiatric symptoms, such as anxiety, panic, discouragement, despair, or negative self-talk.

Fireworks can trigger PTSD. A lighter can trigger a lapse into self-harm. Chronic illness can trigger anxiety and so on.

Grief triggers are reminders of the one I lost. In my case, that’s a tow-headed, white-blonde three-year-old boy at the beach or a curly-headed, tall skinny teenager playing lousy basketball. I see it and I stop, stare, and watch the movie in my head.

Some songs trigger my tears …