A Preview of The Newest Research on Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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There have been some truly remarkable research papers written about complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) in the past few decades. Some of the research focuses exclusively on CPTSD while others can apply to any mental health disorder.

In this article, I’m going to break the ice in the series about complex post-traumatic stress disorder and new research findings.

CPTSD is a psychological disorder formed in response to prolonged exposure to interpersonal trauma. CPTSD forms in the minds of those who have little hope or no chance of escaping the trauma perpetrated against their person.

Used to explain complex post-traumatic stress disorder, the trauma model of mental disorders is associated with repeated sexual, psychological, physical abuse or neglect, and chronic intimate partner violence. CPTSD can form in childhood or adulthood depending on when the traumatic experiences began.

Symptoms of complex post-traumatic stress disorder vary from person to person, but a comprehensive list is below:

· Reliving the trauma through flashbacks and nightmares

· Avoiding situations that remind them of the trauma

· Dizziness or nausea when remembering the trauma

· Hyperarousal, which means being in a continual state of high alert

· The belief that the world is a dangerous place

· A loss of trust in the self or others

· Difficulty sleeping or concentrating

· Startling easy by loud noises

· A negative self-view

· Changes in beliefs and worldview

· Emotional regulation difficulties

· Problems with relationships

· Thoughts or actions of suicide

· Fixating on the abuser or seeking revenge

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