Post-traumatic stress disorder is a disorder of having trouble recovering from a traumatic event. Complex PTSD is for long-term traumatic events such as being held captive, being in a concentration camp, long-term domestic abuse, prisoner of war camps, and long-term sexual abuse. It is important for those with Complex PTSD to seek treatment to recover from the years of emotional and physical abuse they have endured.
The symptoms of Complex PTSD can be trying to forget about anything that can lead to reliving the traumatic events or feeling detached physically and mentally. There can be problems regulating your emotions such as constant sadness, explosive anger, or suicidal thoughts. You can have a twisted perceptions of the past, the present, as well as the future.
You can experience feelings of guilt, shame, and feeling completely different from others. You feel the need to isolate yourself from others. You feel you can no longer trust anyone who says they care about you. You can feel like any faith you had before is now shattered as well as feel a sense of hopelessness. Many abuse alcohol or drugs to avoid these feelings and feel numb of thoughts related to the trauma. This can cause you to engage in self-mutilation or other forms of self-harm. Many also blame themselves for the symptoms they are experiencing and feel like they have a weak character.
There are many treatment options for those with Complex PTSD such as group therapy, emotion-focused therapy, support systems, cognitive behavioral therapy, sensorimotor psychotherapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, EMDR, and psychodynamic therapy. These therapeutic options will provide you with lessons on how to control your emotions, overcome the trauma, teach you how to be social, make you feel safe, and how to be happy again. In-patient care can help you get away from any triggers and you can be placed on anti-anxiety medications. All of these options will help you recover from these long-term events and teach you how to live happily away from these terrifying thoughts as well as how to like yourself again.
Smarmore Castle Private Clinic in County Louth, near Dublin was founded in 1988 as a residential rehabilitation hospital treating people suffering from drug and alcohol purposes. Smarmore Castle believes in helping patients lead a life of abstinence through 12 Step programs, detox and medical treatment, psychotherapy, and complementary therapies towards mental illness. For more information, please call 041-214-5111. For those who live out of the country, the international number is 00353-41-214-5111.
Last updated & clinically assessed 30 March, 2022