What is Complex PTSD and How Is It Different From PTSD


Complex trauma is still a relatively new field of psychology. Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) results from enduring complex trauma discusses Lilly Hope Lucario.

Complex trauma is ongoing or repeated interpersonal trauma, where the victim is traumatised in captivity, and where there is no perceived way to escape. Ongoing child abuse is captivity abuse because the child cannot escape. Domestic violence is another example. Forced prostitution/sex trafficking is another.

Complex PTSD is a proposed disorder which is different to post-traumatic stress disorder. Many of the issues and symptoms endured by complex trauma survivors are outside of the list of symptoms within the (uncomplicated) PTSD diagnostic criterion. Complex PTSD does acknowledge and validate these added symptoms.

The impact of complex trauma is very different to a one time or short-lived trauma. The effect of repeated/ongoing trauma – caused by people – changes the brain, and also changes the survivor at a core level. It changes the way survivors view the world, other people and themselves in profound ways.

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  1. Is there any kind of treatment that’s been proven successful for c-ptsd? If there is, what is it because I’ve tried everything

    • Hi Dania EMDR treatment has been proven very successful in the treatment for CPTSD. Here is some information on the therapy? https://youwillbearwitness.com/2017/03/22/what-is-emdr/ Hope this helps you. You can go to the youwillbearwitness.com blog and go to category, select EMDR and you will find more information on EMDR. All the best Erin

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