Do You Have C-PTSD?
You have most likely heard the term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – also known as PTSD. It is used to describe the mental and emotional anguish suffered by those who have experienced trauma. PTSD is often experienced by those who have been victims of violence or those who have been exposed to other life-threatening and/or life altering events.
Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) describes a condition that very much presents like PTSD, the difference being the sufferer experienced prolonged periods and/or repeated experiences of trauma. This could happen as a result of childhood neglect, repeated service-related deployments, or the abuse suffered at the hands of a narcissistic partner.
Symptoms of C-PTSD
Usually, symptoms include:
- Flashbacks and nightmares in which the trauma is relived.
- Avoiding people, places, and situations that remind them of the trauma.
- Dizziness, shaking, or other physical symptoms when remembering the trauma.
- Hyperarousal. This is a state of high alert.
- A belief that the world is a dangerous place.
- A loss of trust in self or others.
- Difficulty sleeping and concentrating.
- Being startled by loud noises.
Treatment for C-PTSD
There are a few different treatment options for people suffering from C-PTSD, and it is important to find a therapist that specializes in C-PTSD, as well as one’s unique experiences.
If you believe you are suffering from C-PTSD and would like to explore treatment options, please be in touch. Our providers have specialty training and experience in delivering the most effective psychotherapy treatments.