Complex PTSD Awareness

Great explanation of the difference between CPTSD & PTSD.

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C-PTSD Awareness
Signs and Symptoms of Chronic Trauma

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
from the Self-Health Series

One of the factors of PTSD is that some people seem to have severe cases while others do not — that some soldiers were more vulnerable to extreme trauma and stress than others.

As an explanation for some of these complications it has been suggested and researched that there is a form of PTSD that is called DESNOS [Disorders of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified]. Another term is C-PTSD or Complex-PTSD. ~  Allan Schwartz, LCSW, Ph.D

Relatively Recent Distinction & Debate

Many traumatic events that result in PTSD are of time-delimited duration — for example, short term military combat exposure, rape or other violent crimes, earthquakes and other natural disasters, fire, etc.  However, some individuals experience chronic trauma that continues or repeats for months or years at a time.

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3 thoughts on “Complex PTSD Awareness”

  1. I truly appreciate the reblog – and not only for your help getting out the word, but also for making me aware of your blog. Jumping over to say thanks I can already see, at this point only from the titles of your “related content” and “recent posts,” that we have many of the same fascinations, and similar frustrations about the dearth of help for those who are struggling.

    I’m looking forward to reading more, but it will have to wait until later today. It’s almost 6AM here, and I really must STOP and put myself down for a nap. 🙂

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      1. Thanks Athena. As usual, once the urge to sleep finally descends I slept like the dead – “knocked out” until I got in my requisite 8 hours (DSPD – extreme owl; Non-24 presentation). So much to do before the day people close up shop. 🙂

        My agenda, if you can call it that, is to encourage and advocate for differential specificity, so that appropriate treatment protocols can be developed to help all individuals with diagnoses that can’t be clearly distinguished by “physical” means (such as a simple as a blood test or current brain scanning technology).

        Medical science creeps slowly forward – and I am not particularly patient with that reality.

        I’ll be back.


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