Category Archives: Complex Ptsd / Ptsd

Why Complex PTSD Sufferers May Avoid Eye Contact

 

A study by Steuwe et al. (2014) was conducted to cast light upon why many with individuals suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including those suffering from complex-PTSD, often find it excruciatingly uncomfortable every time the rules of social Read the rest

Factors That Make Complex PTSD More Severe

What Factors Make The Symptoms Of Complex PTSD Even More Serious?

We have seen from several other articles that I have published on this site that the experience of a traumatic childhood is linked to the development of complex PTSD
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How Childhood Trauma Can Make You Oversensistive To Light, Sound And Touch

 

 

Before babies and young children are able to learn through the use of language, they learn through the information they receive through their senses (i.e. taste, touch, smell, sight and sound) and by integrating this information in meaningful

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What Is The Difference Between Flashbacks And Intrusive Memories?

 

 

If, as adults, we are suffering from complex posttraumatic stress disorder as a result of our childhood experiences we may, in the absence of effective therapy, be very prone to experiencing both distressing intrusive memories and frightening flashbacks. Read the rest

What Is The Difference Between Repression And Dissociation?

 

 

I have frequently referred to the concepts of DISSOCIATION and REPRESSION on this site as, of course, both are highly relevant to the subject of childhood trauma. But what is the difference between the two?

REPRESSION :

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Trauma-Sensitive Yoga For Reducing Symptoms Of Complex PTSD

Studies into the effectiveness of yoga already suggest that it can help to ameliorate both physical and psychological problems including diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, depression and anxiety.

There also now exists evidence (e.g. van der Kolk, 2014, see below)) that it Read the rest

PTSD Nightmares : Content, Symbols, Information Processing Theory And Paradoxical Intention

 

 

A major symptom of Complex PTSD / PTSD is nightmares. I myself have suffered from these and they have led to frequent waking during the night, sheets and pillowcases damp with sweat, thrashing around in my sleep to Read the rest

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

 

 

Complex PTSD treatmentWhat is the best complex PTSD treatment?

The NHS (UK) recommend that those suffering from complex PTSD undergo three stages of treatment. These are as follows :

1) STABILISATION

2) TRAUMA-FOCUSED THERAPY

3) REINTEGRATION

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Structural Dissociation Theory

 

 

Structural dissociation theory was developed by Van der Hart, Nijenhuis and Steele (2006).

Essentially, this theory relates to the idea that many of the behaviours that you may feel uncomfortable about, ashamed of, guilty about, or hate are Read the rest

Somatic Experiencing Therapy : Healing The Dysfunctional Nervous System

 

somatic experiencingDr Peter Levine’s somatic experiencing therapy is predicated upon the idea that the disturbing symptoms of PTSD are substantially caused by the adverse effect our traumatic experiences have had on the way our body and nervous system works.

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Prolonged Exposure Therapy And Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

 

 

Major symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex posttraumatic stress disorder (Complex PTSD)  are fear, anxiety and even terror induced by :

– situations related to the traumatic experience

– people related to the traumatic experience

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2 Opposite Ways The Child Responds To Stress : Hyperarousal And Dissociation

When, as children, we are subjected to trauma, stress, fear and even terror, our nervous systems may respond in two, diametrically, opposed ways. Both these responses, however, have evolved to serve the same purposes: THOSE OF SELF – PROTECTION AND Read the rest

Vital Environmental Factors That Can Prevent Recovery From PTSD And BPD

 

If, as a result of childhood trauma, we have developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or borderline personality disorder (BPD) our post-traumatic environment can have an extremely strong impact upon our chances of recovery. I list some particularly important factors Read the rest

3 Ways To Repair Brain Damage Caused By Protracted Childhood Trauma

 

We have already seen in other articles that I have posted on this site that significant and protracted childhood trauma can physically damage the developing brain and have an adverse effect upon the body’s physiology as a whole. In Read the rest

Traumatic Amnesia Resulting From Childhood Trauma

 

 

I can remember very little indeed about my childhood before the age of about eight, even major events that I am told happened to me.

For example, my school, when I was around this age, were concerned I Read the rest