What leads to complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) and how does this impact on our well-being?
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Domestic violence and childhood abuse survivors can face ongoing and challenging effects of abuse and trauma. This leads to Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which occurs when trauma is not processed properly and 'filed away' in the way that other memories are. Triggers such as sounds, smells and words can cause you to involuntarily and vividly re-experience the trauma at a later stage and when you least expect it.
Children who experience early childhood trauma, abuse or neglect are more likely to go on to develop profound and long-lasting mental health problems in adulthood, such as Complex PTSD (C-PTSD). This differs from ‘PTSD’ which is more typically associated with a single traumatic incident or set of traumatic events.
The risk of developing C-PTSD is greater if trauma or abuse involves harm or abandonment by care givers and if it is repetitive and over a prolonged period of time, and if it occurs at a vulnerable age such as early childhood or adolescence, which are the critical years required for healthy brain development.
I will explore C-PTSD in this podcast episode because the effects can be devastating, so more awareness and education needs to be raised about the impacts that this disorder can have on us and our well-being.
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