C-PTSD is commonly referred to as complex PTSD or complex trauma). It tends to develop when you experience repeated traumas that are long lasting or, when you experience several traumatic events that are difficult to escape from. C-PTSD can happen to anyone at any stage of life, but it is more likely to develop if the trauma began during childhood and/or you were harmed by someone you thought you could trust such as a primary caregiver.
Understanding Complex Trauma
All trauma has an impact on the sympathetic nervous system (fight, flight, freeze) and the parasympathetic nervous system (relaxation and digestion). For a single traumatic event or stressor, the effect is short-lived. However with repeated traumatic events (as seen in those with C-PTSD), the nervous system operates at an extreme level for a prolonged period of time and eventually forgets to switch off; leaving you in a constant high alert state. This can leave the nervous system physically exhausted.
Signs of Complex Trauma
The symptoms of complex PTSD are similar to PTSD but also include:
- Difficulties controlling or managing your emotions.
- Feelings of worthlessness, shame or guilt.
- Low Self Esteem.
- Difficulties with relationships (personal, professional and romantic) such as struggling to connect with others and a preference for being alone.
- Feeling different from others.
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