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Above Ground Podcast

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Mar 9, 2022

Complex post traumatic stress disorder is much like PTSD. CPTSD is a rather new diagnosis. Similar to PTSD, but differing in how it formulates. Instead of one traumatic event, CPTSD occurs with prolonged exposure to repeated physical, sexual or emotional abuse, neglect or being a prisoner of war. As you can tell It's Complicated. 

Though it can happen to anyone who has suffered prolonged trauma, it is more often seen in individuals who were abused by someone they thought they could trust. Such as a caregiver, parent or protector. 

One of the main differences is that CPTSD reshapes not only a view of self, but the world as a whole. A trauma is a wound, injury or shock. We all have different tolerance levels and what might be traumatic for some, doesn't register for others. 

It often starts in childhood. A prolonged feeling or lack of escape and ability to change it. It truly changes you to the core. CPTSD is complicated to diagnose and does not have its own DSM listing. The covering of such trauma is one that differentiates it from PTSD and makes it all the more complicated. 

Hope we were able to help you understand CPTSD a bit more. Please seek help if you are in a dangerous situation. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-7233. The NY State Hotline for Child Abuse and Maltreatment is 1-800-342-3720. If you see something say something. Be the voice for others who cannot. 

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