There is a difference between PTSD and CPTSD.
PTSD is the result of an acute trauma. For example, this could be from a car accident, combat trauma, witnessing a death, being in a natural disaster, etc. Whereas, CPTSD is the result of repetitive and prolonged trauma, such as ongoing physical abuse, sexual abuse, and/or neglect (which is often experienced in childhood, but can also be part of domestic violence and abuse, exploitation, etc. in adulthood).
A person with CPTSD will have the symptoms of PTSD along with the following:
- Difficulty regulating emotions and experiencing persistent sadness, suicidal thoughts, and rage.
- Disassociation that pulls a person out of the moment, amnesia about the trauma, or obsessing about or reliving the trauma.
- Feeling different than other humans with persistent helplessness, stigma, shame, or guilt.
- Seeing the perpetrator in a distorted way, either giving them too much power or obsessing about revenge.
- Problems with mistrust, isolation, or searching for a “rescuer” when it comes to personal relationships.
- Despair, hopelessness, and lack of meaning in life.
- Tendency to self-harm or self-medicate.
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