Complex PTSD Awareness

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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

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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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11 thoughts on “Complex PTSD Awareness

  1. I REALLY appreciate the reblog, Lloyd. The more that people become aware of the complexities of PTSD challenges, the more likely it is that those who need help will allow themselves to look for it – and the more likely that they will find help that actually, well, HELPS!

    We have a l-o-n-g way to go before the effects of trauma are understood well enough to give those suffering a shot at recovery! Talking about it during PTSD Awareness Month is a good *start* – as long as society doesn’t file it away until next year! We need more than talk – we need action (and the allocation of adequate funding!)

    • You are welcome.

      One step in that long journey would be to stop waging wars in countries that are incapable of offering a real threat to the United States other than an occasional terrorist attack. I find it interesting that home-grown domestic terrorists are often ignored by the media other than a day or two of headlines while the threat of future terrorist attacks from foreign terrorist groups is blown way out of proportion before it even happens if it happens.

      According to Think, We are more than 7 times as likely to be killed be a (American) right-wing extremist than by Muslim terrorists. After all, right-wing extremists like to shoot up movie theaters, kill doctors that perform abortions and shoot up health clinics for women that support a woman’s right to have an abortion; burn churches to the ground with brown or black people still inside and, with urging from Trump, beat up anyone that disagrees with them.

      • Don’t even get me started on hate-mongering tweets in a political campaign!! Now THAT’s something to be truly afraid of – and there is little we can do to stop it. Will America even be a safe place to live once the rabble has been roused?

        And I’m sure you are aware that there is little logic to where we send young men and women to wage war – beyond corporate economic interests, of course.

        It’s bad enough we send them over – its unthinkable that we don’t allocate funds to support them on return!! And it’s absolutely horrendous that anyone even allows the uncontested whisper of an idea of a claim of “disabilities fraud” because so many carry invisible wounds that are not healing.

        I weep.

      • Treating the victims, the troops fighting the wars, that leads to those corporate profits would cut those profits. To the psychopaths that are the CEOS and major stock holders of the weapons industry’s corporations, the troops are a means to an end and are nothing but numbers to those who worship at the alter of avarice.

      • What can I say? When you’re right, you’re right! Seriously though, how much money can those guys spend before they die?

        “Money, pardon the expression, is like manure. It’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread around, encouraging young things to grow.” ~ Dolly Levi (Hello Dolly)

      • It’s not about how much money they can spend. It’s how much they can collect and keep. The Midas touch isn’t about spending your money as much as amassing it and watching it grow. They become addicted.

      • At least Midas still had a heart to BE broken when his touch turned his daughter to gold. I’m not sure some of these guys would care that the daughter was dead, just that she was gold.

        They certainly don’t seem to care about leaving their offspring much of a planet to live on — the most visible of them, anyway.

        Some days I feel like Eeyore – worry, worry, worry, worry.

      • There are areas on the earth where the environment is still pretty clean, and billionaires and their famlies can live anywhere they want with all the luxuries they want. And if the few areas that are untouched vanish, the super wealthy have the power and money to build a dome over the location of their choice even if that means going underground and having a Disney type paradise built for them. This is something the rest of us can’t do. They can escape. We can’t.

      • The “haves” seem always to find it difficult to relate to the “have nots.”

        I have a hard time biting my tongue around some of my “nobody in my family will eat leftovers, they’d get moldy if I didn’t throw them out” college friends who have done well economically.

      • My parents lived through the Great Depression. They raised me not to waste food. Unless I forget about it and it stays hidden from sight in the refrigerator, I try to eat everything I buy.

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