C-PTSD vs PTSD
Our most recent blogpost ‘What is PTSD & how can we help?’ explained the signs and symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). But with the term Complex PTSD (C-PTSD) gaining more and more attention, we’d like to shed some light on the key differences.
Individuals with C-PTSD generally present with the same symptoms as those with PTSD; however, the key difference is that individuals have often experienced extreme violence or stress over an extended period of time. Unlike PTSD, which can occur from a single incident, individuals with Complex PTSD have been subject to repeated traumatic experiences over time.
The symptoms of PTSD, in addition to difficulties with mood and cognitions (thoughts) can make relationships and daily life extremely challenging for individuals with C-PTSD. For some individuals, they may spend large portions of time thinking about their abusers.
C-PTSD, like PTSD, can be treated through psychotherapy with a trusted and skilled mental health professional. Oftentimes, flashbacks occur because individuals struggle to separate traumatic past events from the present and may feel like they’re re-living the trauma over and over again.
Psychologists can provide grounding techniques and work with you to reduce the intense (and valid!) fears associated with your past experiences. Even though you or a loved one may not have had control over previous traumatic events in the past, you are now able to take back control of your life and work towards building a life you love with the help of a skilled professional.
Having an under-recognized condition like C-PTSD can be isolating. If you or someone you know identifies with any of part of the description above, we encourage you to contact us:
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We also recommend you check out the online resources and forums provided by the non-profit organization Out of the Stormspecifically for CPTSD.