What is CPTSD

C-PTSD stand for Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Unlike PTSD C-PTSD usually occurs due to repetitive, cumulative or prolonged exposure to trauma. C-PTSD often stems from childhood abuse, childhood abandonment, child molestation, domestic violence. sex trafficking,  and addiction. (PTSD causes are not limited to this list as the prolonged traumatic events can vary in type in the same way the causes of PTSD do)

The Center of Anxiety Disorders defines the Symptoms of CPTSD ass the following:

CPTSD Symptoms

People who have gone through a long-standing, extremely traumatic situation may exhibit both physical and emotional symptoms related to their ordeal.
Emotional symptoms may include:
  • Rage displayed through violence, destruction of property, or theft
  • Depression, denial, fear of abandonment, thoughts of suicide, anger issues
  • Low self-esteem, panic attacks, self-loathing
  • Perfectionism, blaming others instead of dealing with a situation, selective memory
  • Loss of faith in humanity, distrust, isolation, inability to form close personal relationships
  • Shame, guilt, focusing on wanting revenge
  • Flashbacks, memory repression, dissociation
Victims of C-PTSD may also have physical symptoms, such as:
  • Eating disorders, substance abuse, alcoholism, promiscuity
  • Chronic pain
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Gastrointestinal problems.
  • Migraines
It is important to note that people with CPTSD may also be diagnosed with PTSD as well.

Much like PTSD invididuals can not find healing in isolation. Participating in the CPTSD/ PTSD community and asking for help is the first step. Counseling such a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and EMDR Therapy are the two most effective types of therapy used to treat this diagnosis and works by helping the patient regain control.


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