A warning before showing something that could cause a PTSD reaction. Commonly used as a joke, its meaning has unfortunately depreciated, drawing more stigma to mental illness.
The teacher gave a trigger warning before showing us the rape scene in the movie.
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Used to alert people when an internet post, book, article, picture, video, audio clip, or some other media could potentially cause extremely negative reactions (such as post-traumatic flashbacks or self-harm) due to its content. Sometimes abbreviated as "TW."
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A phrase posted at the beginning of various posts, articles, or blogs. Its purpose is to warn people with issues such as PTSD, Depression, Suicidal thoughts/behaviors, past drug/alcohol addictions or victims of things like Rape and Abuse that there is content ahead that may trigger a traumatic flashback or could possibly even make them want to harm themselves ahead. Sometimes, for people who have harmed themselves in the past, just one picture or post about self-harm can make them want to harm themselves again.

Trigger warning are necessary before posts that have to do with traumatic events, such as rape, cutting, suicide, drug use, and other PTSD influencing subject matter. They should never be used as a joke or joked about (unless you are around people you know will not be triggered by it).
Before posting a picture of someone cutting themselves, one might include the phrase "Trigger Warning" before the post.
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A phrase posted at the beginning of various posts, articles, or blogs. Its purpose is to warn weak minded people who are easily offended that they might find what is being posted offensive in some way due to its content, causing them to overreact or otherwise start acting like a dipshit. Popular on reddit SRS or other places that social justice warriors like to hang out.

Trigger warnings are unnecessary 100% of the time due to the fact that people who are easily offended have no business randomly browsing the internet anyways. As a result of the phrases irrelevance, most opinions that start out with this phrase tend to be simplistic and dull since they were made by people ridiculous enough to think that the internet is supposed to cater to people who can't take a joke.
Trigger warning: If you think this phrase needs to be posted before politically incorrect opinions, you don't belong on the internets.
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A word that makes me want to pull a trigger (albeit, of a difference sort) every god damn, fucking time it is uttered.
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Urban Dictionary is not a website you want to be on if you are easily offended. If you are: Seriously, what the fuck are you doing here?!
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Something only stupid weak-minded idiot babies who crap their diapers use.
Seriously, Trigger Warnings are stupid. A fictional character's mean dad or a single passing mention of some creep who you've never heard of who's been rotting in a cell for 20 years anyway can't hurt you. Stop being a bunch of weak babies and grow up.
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A trigger warning is a phrase included before a story, video, picture, etc. It's used to warn people of triggering words or pictures. For example, if someone has PTSD or MDD, this could be posted if it uses suicidal thoughts, or a traumatic experience. Some people say this is for oversensitive people, but is actually very useful if the story/picture/video has actual triggering words/scenes/thoughts. Can also be abbreviated to TW.
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