Most people don’t understand what CPTSD or PTSD is. They recognize PTSD as being a thing that happens only to veterans who have been put through wartime suffering. But what about other people who experience an extreme amount of trauma or experience a prolonged existence full of negative events? What conditions do they come out of the trauma with? How is that trauma (the trauma of wartime) any different from the suffering that comes out of a romantically abusive relationship? How is the trauma of a soldier different from the trauma of a child who hides in his closet; both of them fearful of the people and the danger that is on the other side of a barrier?
The truth of the matter is this: a person can experience complex PTSD (CTPSD) from any kind of event or events which make them feel helpless or hopeless. These events can be rape, childhood abuse or neglect, emotional trauma, extreme weather, bullying in a romantic relationship, bullying from your friends or coworkers, shaming and embarrassment from parents and teachers, and more.
Complex PTSD changes the brain in many ways. It atrophies the parts of the brain which make us want to pursue new learning experiences. Traumatic events agitate the central nervous system by overwhelming the body with the stress hormone cortisol.
I understand the symptoms you are suffering all too well. I suffered from the symptoms until I spent a significant amount of time on my own personal growth and wellness. I can help you, too - but only if you’re willing to get real with yourself.
If you feel largely traumatized in a particular situation, you will become seriously traumatized over a period of time. You might become traumatized to the point that you no longer feel....
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