What is complex PTSD?

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When people think of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), soldiers with traumatic experiences of war or people who have lived through disasters often come to mind. However, trauma can arise from a variety of situations, such as neglect, abuse, domestic violence or abandonment by the primary caregiver. This trauma often occurs at vulnerable times in the victim’s life, including early childhood or adolescence, creating long-term developmental challenges. The symptoms of complex PTSD are often caused by ongoing or repeated trauma where the victim has little or no control and no real or perceived hope of escape. These experiences can lead to deteriorated self-esteem and having to cope with intense emotions throughout life. Thoughts, behaviors and emotions commonly associated with complex PTSD include: https://www.sane.org/the-sane-blog/mental-illness/what-is-complex-ptsd

What families need to know about living with PTSD.

What family members need to know about living with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). [Side note: everyone’s different when it comes to PTSD. Not all the points below will relate to your loved one. Ask them what they need and what they personally go through] Image credit: Nothing but Room http://nothingbutroomblog.com/…/wed-like-family-know-living…Mental Health and Invisible Illness Resources https://www.facebook.com/MentalHealthandInvisibleIllnessRe…/

Horses take on role as therapists for war veterans struggling with PTSD.

War Veteran Daniel Cooper pats a horse during an equine therapy session.

Horses take on role as therapists for war veterans struggling with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Australia. http://www.abc.net.au/…/2017-12-12/horses-healing-w…/9248962 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-12/horses-healing-war-veterans/9248962

Recognizing PTSD in Fire Fighters: 5 Warning Signs.

Recognizing PTSD in Fire Fighters: 5 Warning Signs

APA clinical guideline for treating post-traumatic stress disorder.

The new website for the APA clinical guideline for treating post-traumatic stress disorder is live at http://on.apa.org/2z5nNYP featuring user-friendly resources to help clinicians, researchers, patients, families and others learn more about the disorder and the interventions most effective in treating it. Learn more about the treatment guideline in this month’s Monitor. Read more at http://www.apamonitor-digital.org/apamonitor/201711/MobilePagedReplica.action?pm=2&folio=26#pg29

PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is an anxiety problem that develops in some people after extremely traumatic events, such as combat, crime, an accident or natural disaster.

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People with PTSD may relive the event via intrusive memories, flashbacks and nightmares; avoid anything that reminds them of the trauma; and have anxious feelings they didn’t have before that are so intense their lives are disrupted. Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology Read more at http://www.apa.org/topics/ptsd/index.aspx