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Do you suffer from PTSD or Complex PTSD?

Far too many Alabama residents go through some sort of trauma in their life. These events often leave an indelible mark on their psyches.

If you fall into this group, you could suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Depending on the type of trauma, you could actually suffer from complex post-traumatic stress disorder, which is different. Both can be debilitating, but experts view one as more deeply rooted in the mind than the other is. People may recover from PTSD more easily than those suffering from C-PTSD.

What makes these two conditions different?

Those who suffer from PTSD experience an acute and short-lived event. For instance, you suffered through a serious car accident, a rape or lived through a natural disaster, among other things. These types of events still leave you suffering mentally and psychologically, but not in the same way as those with C-PTSD.

If you suffer from C-PTSD, the trauma in your life had a life of its own. It more than likely lasted for years instead of occurring in one event. Perhaps a relative or trusted adult physically, emotionally or sexually abused you for months, or even years. Maybe you suffered through some form of captivity that lasted for a long period. You could have suffered through years of domestic violence at the hands of someone who you thought loved you. Whatever happened, it forever changed your view of the world and of yourself.

What does C-PTSD look like?

The most often recognized symptoms of C-PTSD include the following:

  • You may feel helpless, guilty, full of shame and different from other people.
  • You could experience frequent flashbacks or dissociation regarding the events that took place.
  • You may fixate on negative or even violent thoughts toward the person or people who caused you harm.
  • You could experience thoughts of suicide, severe depression, uncontrollable violent outbursts and other emotional issues.
  • Your personal relationships could suffer as well.
  • You may feel hopeless when it comes to your future.
  • You may lose faith in humanity.

If you experience one or all of these symptoms, you may want to seek help. Your condition could also prevent you from being able to engage in society, which could make it nearly impossible for you to work. Help in this arena may also be available by applying for Social Security disability insurance benefits. You could benefit from assistance in obtaining these benefits since the process is often fraught with complexities that could actually exacerbate your condition.

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