February 28, 2017
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The word “trigger” originates from the psychological phrase “trauma trigger“: when one has experienced a dreadful event in the past and it has comes back to memory. Triggering was first mentioned in the ‘90s on a feminist message board concerning sexual assault. The word trigger was used in the context of P.T.S.D (post-traumatic stress disorder). The use of “triggered” started spreading more widely in the early 2000s. On July 9th, 2002 a user from LiveJournal posted that she was pro-anorexia, which may be triggering to anyone who has eating disorders. Since then, this word that originates in the medical lexicon has pervaded pop culture, social media and can be heard on high school campuses across America.