Understanding Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) EveningTV

– [Narrator] Welcome to the
My Ransom Notes Noah podcast, the podcast for newly
opened and awakened hearts with your host, author and life long student of love, Evening Ransom. Now, let’s get into the show. – Hi everybody. I wanted to do a brief, a really quick little tutorial on C-PTSD, complex post-traumatic stress disorder and I’ll probably do a bigger,
more expanded one later but I just kind of wanted to touch on this cause it’s such an important issue. I wanted to make sure
that I got it in there at least something about it. Now it’s not something that’s in the DSM,. The DSM, I don’t know if
you all know what that is. That’s the manual that
has all the diagnosis, the mental health diagnosis that they use to diagnose. Take personality disorder for instance or any of these, clinical
depression and so on. Post-traumatic stress
disorder is in the DSM. Basically they have to
vote on what gets put it and what is not put in. And they decided that
complex post-traumatic stress disorder was not enough, didn’t warrant getting put
in as it’s own disorder. I should say, I disagree with that. I think that it’s enough different that it probably should have been. It probably should have been in the DSM. In fact, I stated these two things are more different,
post-traumatic stress disorder and complex post-traumatic stress disorder are more different and distinct than some of the
personality disorders are. I’m leaning towards the idea, they were contemplating choosing a name for all those cluster
B personality disorders, that was just one or maybe
a couple of different ones but not all these, little
distinct differences and I’m almost more in favor of that than I am keeping these two the same cause I don’t think
that they are the same. Post-traumatic stress disorder can be caused by something that happens, you know, just one time. It can be just some traumatic event that happens just one time and it becomes a trigger for you. But the difference with that, between that and complex post-traumatic stress disorder is that complex
post-traumatic stress disorder was from an ongoing, prolonged stressor, a prolonged trauma. Now in the DSM, they’re mostly focused on veterans. And it was veterans who actually lobbied to get complex post-traumatic
stress disorder put in the DSM. And instead what they did was, they put in mild,
moderate and severe PTSD, they didn’t put in the C-PTSD. But that doesn’t mean that we
can’t better understand it. We certainly can. So, basically what complex PTSD is, is basically what happens
when there’s repeated trauma, what repeated trauma can do to a person. And so, when a person is
repeatedly traumatized, by a war or abused over
a long period of time, it can make relationships
afterwards very difficult. They state that those who suffer from complex post-traumatic stress disorder have more issues than
the people with PTSD. They have more issues
with emotion regulation, forgetting the traumatic events, forgetting them completly or partially, self perception, feeling
ashamed and guilty for struggling with this
and not feeling okay, like everyone else, distorted perceptions
of their perpetrators, relations with others, they have problems with their relationships with others, they may isolate or
struggle to trust people and they struggle with
their own sense of meaning, they may feel hopeless
and struggle to have any kind of faith or hope in the future, can tend to be very pessimistic, it can come of looking like pessimism, it can come off looking like depression, when really it is a
traumatic stress disorder. The treatment of C-PTSD is pretty much the same as it is for PTSD however there is an intense focus on inter-personal difficulties. They focus on this because
those with repeated trauma have more trouble trusting and not lashing out, feeling safe and managing their feelings
of shame and guilt. By focusing on these things, we can hopefully help
those with complex PTSD better understand their situation and manage their relationships. And of course, there’s an excellent book. This is an excellent book, Complex PTSD from Surviving to Thriving by Pete Walker. And I’m going to do a
more extensive review of this book and a more
extensive, in depth look at C-PTSD also but I just wanted to kind of mention that because I was being asked about it and I still wanted to make sure that we, that I at least touched
on it a little bit. I’ve got all kinds of notes in this book, I’ve got pages are all
dog-eared and underlined and so I’ve got all kinds
of stuff to talk about. We’ll definitely go there. This has been a really
big factor in my life. It’s been a big factor in my life and in the lives of my children so this is a very important subject to me. And I think it is to a lot of us by the sounds of it. So we will devote more time to it but I wanted to just make
sure that we had that few minutes at least, that I mentioned it and you knew that I had
it on the radar screen. Okay, thanks a lot for stopping by. Please write comments below, give me a thumbs up if you
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you haven’t yet done that. All righty, bye-bye. – [Narrator] Empowering those who yearn for more love, intimacy and passion in their relationships and lives. Find the My Ransom Notes podcast online at eveningransom.com. Join us next time on the My
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  1. The whole Christian race is to be blaimed. Imposing belief after belief on something with little to no importance. They taught me how to be "gentle" when face to face with adversary. for that was the way of the " christian. They imposed weakness after weakness after weakness on you. How to be " gentle " as a man. Though they never taught you to be a "man". See, christians said "pray", instead of fight. As a adolescent, of which I still am but soon to be adult, I was persecuted into a world of bullies where I was not learned of how to properly defend mysslf. Fighting back was instead replaced with forgivness. Forgivness doesn't change things, actually it puts you in a state where you "hope" ….that things will change some day , which doesn't. Instead , day by day, in signs of hope, you squatter to the lowest emotional distress there could be. You become dilusional and adopt illnesses like these.

  2. cptsd is very real. i am very familiar with it first hand, but after learning about it ive been able to improve. alas reactions to triggers are almost automatic but its getting better now that I know whats going on with me.

  3. They usually associate this with children. I'm willing to bet dollars to donuts that you'll find countless men that suffer from this due to family court

  4. I disagree with the decision also. I have child abuse PTSD. It seems more severe than veteran PTSD. I had to process unspeakable horrors with a 6 year old mind, not with the mind of an adult.

  5. What is the most difficult part of cptsd for you? Please share in the comments, like this video and subscribe if you haven't already done so Thanks for sharing this time with me!💕

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