Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault.
PTSD has been known by many names in the past, such as “shell shock” during the years of World War I and “combat fatigue” after World War II. But PTSD does not just happen to combat veterans. PTSD can occur in all people, in people of any ethnicity, nationality or culture, and any age. PTSD affects approximately 3.5 percent of U.S. adults, and an estimated one in 11 people will be diagnosed PTSD in their lifetime. Women are twice as likely as men to have PTSD.
People with PTSD have intense, disturbing thoughts and feelings related to their experience that last long after the traumatic event has ended. They may relive the event through flashbacks or nightmares; they may feel sadness, fear or anger; and they may feel detached or estranged from other people. People with PTSD may avoid situations or people that remind them of the traumatic event, and they may have strong negative reactions to something as ordinary as a loud noise or an accidental touch. (Continue reading from American Psychiatric Association)
being forced or manipulated into prostitution (trading sex)torture, kidnapping or slavery
being a prisoner of war.
You are more likely to develop complex PTSD if:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (Help Guide)
Healing C-PTSD: The Ultimate Online Guide (The Wellness Society)
How To Reparent Your Inner Child (Medium)
Essential Secrets of Psychotherapy : The Inner Child (Psychology Today)
Grounding Techniques for Trauma Symptoms (Resources to Recover)
PTSD Facts & Treatment (Anxiety and Depression Association of America)
PTSD Treatment Basics (US Department of Veterans Affairs)
The 4Fs: A Trauma Typology in Complex PTSD (Pete Walker, MA, MFT)
PTSD Treatments (American Psychological Association)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Overview (National Institute of Mental Health)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (Mayo Clinic)
An Overview of Complex PTSD (Very Well Mind)