What Is Complex PTSD?

Q:
What is complex PTSD?

A:
Complex post-traumatic stress order (C-PTSD), also known as complex trauma order, is a distinct form, but similar to PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).

People with Complex PTSD may have experienced events like sustained abuse or abandoment by caregivers, neglecting in childhood, kidnapping and hostage situations, violence of intimate partners, bullying, war, etc., and may be the survivors of concentration camp, defectors of cults or cult-like organizations.

The main distinction between complex PTSD and PTSD is that the former may distorts a person’s core identity, especially when this prolonged trauma occurs during childhood development.

Keywords: complex post traumatic stress disorder; complex ptsd

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