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What Is C-PTSD? (Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)


Complex PTSD is different from PTSD. With PTSD, there’s typically one traumatic incident that an individual is dealing with; however, Complex PTSD is a diagnosis that occurs when a person experiences repeated episodes of trauma. The individual has experienced several traumatic incidents which may have happened over the years. Their symptoms can be more severe than someone who has PTSD. The reason for this is that their trauma is repeated and prolonged.

A person who has Complex PTSD may cope with childhood sexual abuse or repeated incidents of trauma where they begin to be distrusting of other people. People who have been raised in an unsafe household are likely to have Complex PTSD. When a parent harms a child, they grow up being fearful that they may be hurt again. Complex PTSD doesn’t necessarily have to be related to child abuse but can affect adults. Anyone who has experienced repeated trauma can have this diagnosis. If you have survived the repeated traumatic incidents, you could benefit from seeking mental health treatment. Consider seeing an online therapist so you can work through your pain.

If you or someone you know is dealing with a challenging situation and could benefit from additional support, consider talking to one of the 2,000 licensed online counselors at BetterHelp.

IMPORTANT: The information in this video is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information contained in this video is for general information purposes only and does not replace a consultation with your doctor.



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