What causes Complex PTSD?
Loss of control, helplessness, and deformations of identity and sense of self can result as coping mechanisms often without the victim being aware of them. Forms of trauma that can be associated with complex PTSD are sexual, physical and emotional abuse and domestic violence.
There are many studies on the development of trauma symptoms and the factors associated with recovery and counselling therapies that help.
What is often less understood is the effects of multiple traumas across the lifespan and accumulating emotional response to traumatic events.
Most individuals recover from a traumatic event where their life is at risk or there was threat of injury, but sometimes a traumatic event is not processed and an individual is left with intrusive memories or flashbacks, anxiety and depression and poor emotional regulation/anger after the event.
Help for Complex PTSD
Complex PTSD is being considered as a new diagnostic category that explains the impact of many traumas on the development of an individuals personality and future planning. Trauma affects future planning and the ability to feel safe when reminded of the trauma or people associated with the trauma. Counselling helps by talking through traumas, discovering the “self” that is not affected by trauma and managing the anxiety related to the triggering of fear/anger/grief.
Vision Psychology has psychologists with expertise in the treatment of Complex PTSD – for example, Vivian Jarrett, and Clinical Psychologist Bridget Hogg. To book an appointment, freecall 1800 877 924 today!