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Abbreviations commonly used at AS (After Silence)

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A huge thank you to PatriciaG for putting this together!  :clap:

Helpful terminology:


On After Silence (AS), we use a short form for common words that may not be familiar to you. Here are some of the most common ones used:

AS = AfterSilence (the Forum)

PM = Private Message

TW = Trigger Warning

C = Counselor

T = Therapist

DV=Domestic Violence

SI = Self Injury

IRL = In Real Life

TBH=To Be Honest

TY = Thank You

TC = Take Care

R or R*** = Rape

SA=Sexual Assualt

CSA=Childhood Sexual Assualt

DID= Dissociative Identity Disorder

PTSD=Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


On AS we also use some terms, such as:

 “Pocket Riders”. This is a term we use when someone is going to be going somewhere or will be doing something that is uncomfortable for them and need some support. Since we can’t be there in person, we tell the person that we will “Pocket Ride” along with them so they are not alone.

Hugs”. We ask someone if it is OK to send a hug.  If they say “yes” then we can put “Safe Hugs”. If they say no to “Hugs”, do not be offended, they are just not comfortable with the word “Hugs”.

“Trigger" (TW). The Post contains details of abuse that could upset someone else who reads it and may make them think of their own abuse. So using a the word(s) trigger, trigger warning or TW, a person has a choice whether to read the post or not.

"Sitting with you/can someone sit with me".  We know that this is a forum but we try to make a safe place so you don't feel alone. You will see these 2  phrase Sitting with you/ can someone sit with me. It is impossible for us to be there but we want the person to know they are not alone, or you can't find the right words to say. Just to let them know they have been heard and they are not alone.

"Traumaversary". An alternative word used here at AfterSilence for a trauma anniversary, which typically can bring extreme emotional distress on the remembrance of that specific day of a trauma.

"Dissociative Identity Disorder".  A disorder in which two or more distinct identities, or personality states, are present in—and alternately take control of—an individual. These identities are often called parts or alters. 

"Dissociation". To separate or disconnect yourself from an upsetting situation or trauma. You may feel more of an observer than a participant. It is one of the ways our brain protects us from the trauma associated with abuse.

"PTSD". A disorder with a variety of symptoms a person goes thru after a trauma. This can include flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety and more. As with any disorder, only a doctor can make a diagnosis, but it is trauma related and is common is survivors. 

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