Happiful November 2019



with complex


stress disorder

They are two similar conditions, but triggered

in different ways – and each comes with its own

range of symptoms. Here’s what you need to

know about CPTSD vs PTSD

Writing | Hattie Gladwell

Anxiety, racing

heart, nightmares,

and flashbacks

making you

relive the worst

moments of your life, over

and over again. Many of us are

familiar with the concept of posttraumatic

stress disorder (PTSD);

an anxiety condition which may

develop after being involved in,

or witnessing, traumatic events.

First identified in war veterans,

it can also be triggered by a wide

range of traumatic experiences.

But just knowing what PTSD is,

doesn’t convey the true, debilitating

reality for those experiencing it.

It’s trying to live your daily life,

not knowing when or what might

trigger those flashbacks. It’s feeling

on high alert, constantly on guard,

all the time. It’s the world moving

on around you, and trying to move

with it, only to be snapped back

and trapped reliving your darkest


Sometimes these symptoms

are a sign of PTSD, but what you

may not have heard of is another

similar condition that has some

key differences: complex posttraumatic

stress disorder (CPTSD).


CPTSD is a form of PTSD that

is vastly different from the

traditional diagnosis. Unlike

PTSD, which can develop at any

age, CPTSD generally arises after

someone experiences longlasting,

on-going trauma from

an early age. It is also common

in people who have experienced

multiple traumas, or were

harmed by someone close.

Alongside traditional PTSD

symptoms, which can include

nightmares, anxiety, feeling

unsafe, and a lack of trust in

people, CPTSD has additional

symptoms that can often be

confused with borderline

personality disorder (BPD). >>>

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