Because of my own struggles with PTSD and depression, I have not delved too much into C-PTSD (Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). I feel that this is a disservice by not addressing it as well. The reason being, though I may have experienced a relatively short duration series of events (6.5 months), others have gone through years of it.
Some militaries deploy their troops on endless rotations, first responders go through traumas day in and day out for entire careers and children and partners live through years of abuse and neglect. C-PTSD, though seemly similar to PTSD, to me it has a much more deeply entrenched effect on an individual. This is sad that anyone has to go through any of this, but it is a reality.
This piece talks about the stages of recovery (now under the C-PTSD category). It gets into many different forms of therapy, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, which I’ve talked about in another article. The article below is really an eye opener, especially for those who don’t know much about C-PTSD. Please have a read and let me know what you think.
Most people are familiar with the term PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD refers to a traumatic event that the individual has witnessed or experienced that they have great difficulty overcoming emotionally. Complex PTSD or C-PTSD refers to ongoing trauma, such as childhood abuse, domestic violence, multiple combat deployments, being the victim of sex trafficking, or being kidnapped for a prolonged time—situations that were ongoing, harmful and abusive, and where the victim feels trapped.