Posted: Sep 27, 2018 6:07 am
by PTSDude
That's what I've been calling them!

Am a student working towards my Bachelors in General Psychology and have PTSD. I've found them along side flashbacks with the same detail, emotion, and intensity. I believe it's essentially the same process that causes it except an imagined traumatic event in the future is visited, rather than a real one from the past.

It's really hard on the anxiety, especially when it's a realistic possibility. For example, I've had ones where after helping a friend from a rough time, I flashforward to finding their apartment complex swarming with police and caution tape and after pushing my way through, seeing that they've jumped and committed suicide. It's next to impossible to stave off a major panic attack after one of those, because it could really happen, they're going through a difficult time and don't know what to do.

So, you're not crazy, you're not the only one. It's certainly not as common as flashbacks, just hang in there and try to manage and treat them as such. I expect there will be an official definition for it within a few years, psychology is a quickly growing field.