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  • Dana Webster

Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

In my work with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse (sacred work, indeed), I often refer to Complex PTSD - "...most often associated with extended periods of physical and/or sexual abuse in childhood [as well as] ongoing verbal and emotional abuse." (Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving. Pete Walker) Many survivors do not know they are living with this condition. And, in fact, the medical profession is only just starting to catch on to the connection between psychic wounding and physical illnesses as well as myriad other mental health diagnoses. To my mind, asking about early abusive experiences and trauma should be included in any basic medical intake session.

What are the symptoms? CPTSD Foundation

  • Losing memories of trauma or reliving them

  • Difficulty regulating emotions that often manifest as rage

  • Depression

  • Suicidal thoughts or actions

  • Sudden mood swings

  • Feeling detached from oneself

  • Feeling different from others

  • Feeling ashamed

  • Feeling guilty

  • Difficulty maintaining relationships

  • Difficulty trusting others

  • Seeking out or becoming a rescuer

  • Feeling afraid for no obvious reason

  • Having a feeling of always on the alert

  • Becoming obsessed with revenge on the perpetrator

  • Feeling a loss of spiritual attachment and either ignoring or depending upon religion for self-worth

The good news is that complex PTSD can be healed. The first step in that healing is awareness of the impact of the wounding. Find out if we are a good fit for counselling. Book a free 30-minute consultation.

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