COMPLEX PTSD / PTSD

Seeing Symptoms Of Complex PTSD As Adaptive Capacities. 

…those who are unaware of the child’s history of trauma or those who are ignorant of the potential effects of severe, protracted, interpersonal childhood trauma may confound matters further still by attaching pejorative labels to the young person (such as a diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder). According to Ford, 2009, symptoms of complex PTSD should …

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‘Shaking Therapy’ For Reducing Stress Associated With Complex PTSD

We have seen that those who endure protracted childhood trauma are at increased risk of developing psychological and physical problems later in life, including complex post-traumatic). stress (complex PTSD. We have also seen that such individuals are often exquisitely sensitive to any form of stress and frequently stuck in a state of hypervigilance (i.e. constantly …

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Pathological Lying : Its Link To Childhood Trauma

– lies spontaneously/impulsively – lies even though he may receive no benefit whatsoever from the lie (indeed, many lies s/he tells will be self-damaging) – has little or no control over his/her lying behavior Roots Of Pathological Lying (Originally Called Pseudologia Phantastica) In Childhood: Research has demonstrated that an individual is more likely to become …

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Complex PTSD Characteristics And Dimensions And The Eleven ‘I’S’

  The researchers, Ford and Courtois (2017) have identified eleven characteristics of the very serious condition complex PTSD which can develop as a result of severe, protracted, interpersonal childhood trauma that builds on earlier work by Ford that identified ‘the five ‘I’s’ of complex PTSD by adding six others. These are as follows: Intentional: Complex …

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When ‘Survival Brain’ Replaces ‘Learning Brain’ Due To Childhood Trauma

If we suffer severe, protracted childhood trauma that involved us living in an environment in which we were constantly anticipating danger from an abusive parent or primary carer it is possible that our ‘survival’ brain was so frequently activated that it became dominant at the expense of the development and functioning of the ‘learning’ brain. …

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A Shattered Sense Of Self Due To Childhood Trauma

Severe, catastrophic, prolonged, and/or repetitive childhood trauma can lead to a shattered, fractured, disintegrated and fragmented sense of self which can manifest itself in various ways including: DAMAGE TO ‘SELF-STRUCTURE’: According to Zepenic (2016), severe trauma can adversely affect what he refers to as the ‘self-structure’ in the following ways: impaired sense of self-cohesion impaired …

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What Is The Difference Between PTSD And Complex PTSD?

Above image: Creative Commons Licence There has been some controversy regarding the difference between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex posttraumatic stress disorder (complex PTSD) amongst researchers and members of the medical profession. During the early 1990s, the psychologist Judith Herman, in her seminal book Trauma And Recovery, noted that individuals who had suffered severe, …

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Childhood Trauma And Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Childhood Trauma And Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Survivors of extreme trauma often suffer persistent anxiety, phobias, panic, depression, identity, and relationship problems Many times, the set of symptoms the individual presents with are not connected to the original trauma by those providing treatment (as certainly was the case for me in the early years of …

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Three Types Of Flashback: Visual, Somatic And Emotional

Sufferers of both posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex posttraumatic stress disorder (Complex PTSD) experience terrifying flashbacks. Such flashbacks can be split into three categories as follows: VISUAL FLASHBACKS SOMATIC FLASHBACKS EMOTIONAL FLASHBACKS Below, I briefly describe the form each of these three types of flashback take: VISUAL FLASHBACKS:    As a result of a …

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Is Your Chronic Pain Linked To Muscle Armouring?

      N.B. If you suffer from pain it is important to ensure it does not have a physical cause by consulting an appropriate professional.  One of the hallmarks of complex PTSD is a perpetual feeling of being under threat, stemming from constantly feeling afraid and vulnerable during childhood. This is true even though …

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Childhood Trauma And ‘Shattered Assumptions’ Theory

One of the major effects of childhood trauma, especially if it has led us, as adults, to develop conditions such as borderline personality disorder or complex posttraumatic stress disorder, is that it can radically alter our most fundamental and core beliefs about how the world and our lives operate. In this way, prolonged and significant …

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Signs An Adult Was Abused As A Child

Signs an adult was abused as a child include the following : 1) DISSOCIATION : Symptoms of dissociation can range from mild to severe: Mild symptoms of dissociation include ‘zoning out’ and feeling in a daze, whereas severe symptoms of dissociation may include amnesia, time loss and feeling out of control.  2) UNSTABLE RELATIONSHIPS WITH …

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Are Adult Borderline Personality Disorder Sufferers Eternal 13-Year-Olds?

The normal development of self involves the following stages. Approximately 6 months: the capacity for self-observation develops Approximately 12 months: the capacity for symbolic thinking becomes well established as does a ‘sense of self’ Approximately 7 to 11 years: the capacity for concrete operational thinking becomes established, as does an intense emotional life. Also, at …

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Child Trauma, Arrested Psychological Development and Age Regression

        For example, an eleven-year-old child who was abandoned by his/her primary carer at age four may throw tantrums similar to those one might expect of a four-year-old when left with an unfamiliar babysitter. In other words, he may regress behaviorally to the developmental stage at which s/he became frozen. Such regressive …

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Complex PTSD And ‘A Sense Of A Foreshortened Future.’

      “It was as if her life had been brought to a full stop: she couldn’t look forward, couldn’t picture what tomorrow might bring.” Ragnar Jonasson, The Darkness From the age of about 14 or so, shortly after I had been thrown out of my narcissistic mother’s home and had gone to live …

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3 Stages Of Complex PTSD Treatment: Stabilisation, Therapy And Reintegration.

    What is the best complex PTSD treatment? The NHS (UK) recommends that those suffering from complex PTSD undergo three stages of treatment. These are as follows : 1) STABILISATION 2) TRAUMA-FOCUSED THERAPY 3) REINTEGRATION Let’s look at each of these a little more closely : STABILIZATION: NHS guidelines suggest that during the first …

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Social Learning Theory And Childhood Maltreatment.

Albert Bandura developed a theory known as SOCIAL LEARNING THEORY during the 1960s which stated that we learn our behaviours through interacting with and observing, those around us. And, of course, when we are children, our parents are particularly influential upon which particular ways of behaving we develop. If parents maltreat their children over an …

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Does Your Personality Feel ‘Fragmented’?

Some people who experienced significant childhood disorder go on to develop dissociative identity disorder (DID) which causes the different aspects of the person’s personality to be poorly integrated and fragmented which leads to them operating relatively independently of one another. These fragmented aspects of the personality are often simply referred to as ‘parts’ by psychologists …

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Do You Feel You Got Psychologically ‘Stuck’ At The Time Of Your Trauma?

If we experienced significant trauma in the past we may find we became intensely, psychologically caught up in it, and it retains such a mental hold over us, that it now feels we are almost ‘trapped in time’, unable to contemplate, let alone plan for, the future. Instead, we may find, very much against our own …

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Identity Problems And Their Link To Childhood Trauma

How are identity problems linked to childhood trauma? Our identity (ie how we define ourselves) is based upon our beliefs, values, memories, behaviors, and how we go about living our lives in general. It comprises, for example, our likes and dislikes, our religious beliefs/lack of beliefs, our general philosophy of life, our political leanings, our …

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