Complex post-traumatic stress disorder


Do We Heal from CPTSD or c-PTSD?


Recognizing c-PTSD symptoms


Can PTSD go away?


In recent years, PTSD, CPTSD, and Attachment or Developmental Disorder, has received much more deserved attention due to the impact it has had on veterans. In this article, I discuss what PTSD is, any existing medications for CPTSD, and specifically what CPTSD means, see also c_ptsd, which is also known as an Attachment or Developmental Disorder. The term specifically we’re discussing in this Holistic Coaching International blog is Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (or complex PTSD, which is sometimes abbreviated to define c-PTSD as or as CPTSD).


CPTSD vs PTSD- Covid 19 Pandemic


Also, discussed is CPTSD vs PTSD as well as its cause. You might be exploring helpful medications, and other healing techniques to enable you to better understand and navigate this disorder. You might be looking for different answers to questions such as thinking can PTSD go away? Unfortunately, for families, terms such as PTSD are often associated with domestic violence simply because they’re all too often misunderstood or misdiagnosed within the household. I believe during Covid 19, and the deployment of the Covid vaccine, as well as the isolation that has occurred during this pandemic, has been quite detrimental to those suffering from mental illness including C-PTSD.


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June 2021 is PTSD Awareness Month


The National Center for PTSD declared all of June 2021 to be PTSD Awareness month. Inaddition, National PTSD Awareness Day is celebrated annually on June 27th. In support, let’s all wear a teal-colored ribbon for PTSD as it is the official color.


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What is C-ptsd

Sierra Tucson- Premier Treatment Center


Recently I attended training “Trauma, Adversity, and Healing” presented by the renowned Dr. James Seymour, Psychiatrist and Director of the Chrysalis Program at Sierra Tucson Residential Treatment Facility for Trauma and Addictions. Sierra Tucson


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Dr. Seymour- Two main goals for healing from trauma:


1. Improved quality of life


2. Improved daily functioning


Some of the objectives include:


Recognizing trauma is not my fault


Improved regulation of emotions and ability to experience and tolerate a variety of emotions including joy


Reduction in shame


Improved ability to form healthy relationships with others and ability to trust others


Increased mindfulness and self-awareness


Decreased at-risk behavior such as cutting and suicide attempts


Dr Seymour- Post Traumatic Stress Response


He also shared a new perspective about PTSD. According to a new perspective in the field of trauma, PTSD should not be treated as a disorder, but rather a NORMAL adaption and the response of the nervous system to a trauma. So instead of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, we should use Post Traumatic Stress RESPONSE. We are actually not treating the trauma (clients survived traumatic event) but we assist in the recovery of the effects of trauma. We need to change coping mechanisms.


Unfortunately at this time, DSM V does not have a category to describe what is in many cases developmental/attachment trauma related to childhood abuse and neglect.


It is also interesting to note that he also emphasizes using mind-body modalities such as dancing, singing, drumming, reiki, yoga, breathing to increase joy and social engagement.


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Mateja Petje CPTSD Trauma Informed

Trauma-informed therapist- Nearly two decades


My name is Mateja Petje. I’m a Trauma informed therapist as well as a CPTSD sufferer. In addition, I’m also the CEO of Holistic Coaching International. Frankly, I realize I’m in a very unique position here writing to you as the author of this blog. I say this as were discussing Attachment or Developmental Disorder or even other mental health issues. However, when you speak specifically about Complex post-traumatic stress disorder it is an interesting fact! I suffer first hand from CPTSD so I can recognize CPTSD symptoms all too well.


My Most Comprehensive blog on CPTSD


But, I also tend to believe this is a disorder that many more people suffer from than we realize. This blog about Complex post-traumatic stress disorder is now my most comprehensive blog I’ve written I believe on any subject matter. It is the most researched article on this disorder I’ve written purposely too. One of the reasons I have taken the time to write such an indepth article about CPTSD is because this is actually the main focus of my practice. This is my “passion work”. Treating trauma in my clients. The take away here is my unique prospective and training. This is a very authoritative blog written by a person, myself who suffers directly from this disorder.


Mateja Petje- The Good News


The good news is I’m also in a position as a clinician, a trauma-informed therapist of near two decades of service to give my modern-day opinion 1st hand. This is a very unique situation from this perspective and even more so when you include all my extensive training in numerous other modalities as well. I’ve helped countless people heal from trauma and so much more maybe I can help you too.


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Complex PTSD or c-PTSD in early childhood.


Complex PTSD or c-PTSD is oftentimes caused by childhood abuse, neglect & traumatic events usually in early childhood. I also discuss the best and most effective treatment options for c-PTSD. Ultimately, I hope to help define CPTSD by shedding more light on this very important disorder. I, am myself a trauma survivor and have made it my mission to help others heal as well.


“Many survivors grew up in houses that were not homes in families that were as loveless as orphanages and sometimes as dangerous. (Pete Walker, M.A., MFT, Complex PTSD, ”From Surviving to Thriving).

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Pete Walker- Complex PTSD, “From Surviving to Thriving”


According to Pete Walker, in his book titled Complex PTSD,“From Surviving to Thriving”, p. 22, in case of C-PTSD, “due to abuse/neglect several key developmental tasks have not been met and individuals were not able to develop a secure attachment to their parents/caregivers.”


The reason Complex PTSD occurs in children is that children are not yet able to develop a secure attachment with their parents or caregivers. This inability to develop attachment is also known as an Attachment or Developmental Disorder.


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2013 Revised PTSD Diagnostic Criteria


In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association revised the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder diagnostic criteria. This is in the fifth edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5; 1). Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is included in a new category in DSM-5, Trauma, and Stressor-Related Disorders. Full copyrighted criteria are available from the American Psychiatric Association. Here I just list a few. Complex PTSD (C-PTSD) has not been included in DSMS as a separate disorder as of now. Even though in my opinion it should be as it presents a unique set of challenges.


PTSD can refer to a single traumatic event or several traumatic events throughout life that have a cumulative effect.


Examples of traumatic events can include:


1. Childhood abuse/trauma/neglect


2. Being in an abusive relationship(s)


3. Natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, fires


4. Witnessing a violent crime


5. Sexual assault


6. Divorce or death


7. Illness, such as traumatic brain injury


8. Being in combat where one experienced or witnessed death and violence


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To be Diagnosed with PTSD

To be diagnosed with PTSD, the person was exposed to death, threatened death, actual or threatened serious injury, or actual or threatened sexual violence, or similar, including any kind of abuse or domestic violence, experiencing it directly or indirectly by observing it.


Typical symptoms include nightmares, flashbacks, emotional distress, and intrusive thoughts.


For a person to meet the criteria for Post-traumatic stress disorder – mental disorder, the symptoms need to last at least a month. They also experience distress and functional impairment in several key areas of life such as social and occupational.

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Traumatic Memories remain locked & hidden


It is vital to keep in mind several things with respect to triggers related to trauma. The first is that traumatic memories remain locked & hidden away in our bodies. This is why traditional “talk” therapy is just not enough. Bessel van der Kolk describes this process in his book “Body Keeps the Score.”

Under “normal” circumstances, the brain is able to process the emotions associated with an upsetting event. However, in the case of trauma, there might be fragmented pieces of memory. In many instances, especially if traumatic events were intense and happened early in life, the memories might be repressed. Therefore, no memories exist, at least not on a conscious level.


Root Causes- Anxiety, Depression, and Panic Attacks


Memories are stored on a subconscious level and that’s why in my work I help my clients understand the root causes of anxiety, depression, and panic attacks by utilizing techniques such as hypnosis and NLP, Psych-K and mental rehearsal, and changing subconscious programming.


However, the body keeps the memories and when we experience a trigger, such as noise, the body reacts with a “flight or fight response”. That serves as protection from the danger that might not be truly present. You see the brain perceives this as “this is happening right now”! It does not distinguish the past from the present.


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Complex post-traumatic stress disorder- Symptoms


One of the Complex post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms is called “emotional flashbacks”. We might react with increased heart rate, sweating, muscle tension and shallow breathing among other things. When left untreated, people develop mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, and panic attacks.


Therefore, in order to heal our bodies and our minds from Complex post-traumatic stress disorder, Attachment or Developmental Disorder and CPTSD symptoms, we need to adopt numerous approaches. There are approaches in treating CPTSD (and even other disorders potentially) that not only focus on the mind & mental aspects but also detox toxic or negative emotions from our bodies that might have been repressed.


Complex PTSD- Healing Approaches


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Other CPTSD Healing Approaches


(I’m personally not trained in)

9. EMDR


10. NeuroFeedback


11. Somatic Experiencing (see Lynn Carol www.thetherapyspace.com)


12. Craniosacral therapy

Assisting my clients in Re-Parenting Themselves


As part of healing Complex post-traumatic stress disorder, and Attachment or Developmental Disorder I assist my clients in “re-parenting” themselves and finding ways to meet these developmental tasks.


1. Achieve Self-acceptance


2. Clear sense of identity


3. Mindful Self-compassion


4. Self-protection


5. Capacity to draw comfort from relationship


6. Ability to relax


7. Capacity for full self-expression


8. Willpower and Motivation


9. Peace of Mind


10. Practice Self-care


11. Belief that life is a gift


12. Strong Self-esteem


13. Build Self-confidence

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Treating Complex post-traumatic stress disorder- Summation


In summary, the real key in treating Complex post-traumatic stress disorder, (C-PTSD), and CPTSD symptoms is to understand the root causes and triggers. The best and most effective treatments for CPTSD assist clients to process traumatic memories (autobiographical, narrative, verbal memories, also called “explicit memory”); as well as “body memories” about events that we might not have a conscious recollection of the events.


Healing from CPTSD, Attachment or Developmental Disorder and many types of traumas can ultimately take many years and the key is to find a compassionate therapist who has specialized training in trauma.


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