What it is not

In the media, online and gossip around me have some fairly messed up ideas about PTSD.  PTSD/CPTSD is not rudeness, cruelty to others, or criminal behavior.  Recently, I heard someone say that the reason a person was so rude was because they were mentally ill.  WRONG.  Missing social skills, yes.  Lack of proper upbringing, yes. …

Keep up to date

Complex PTSD is well complex.  Research is updating what they are learning about why some of the old tried and trued practices for PTSD are ineffective for Complex PTSD.  I believe that number 10 in their list of best practices for a counselor treating CPTSD is to stay up to date to what we are…

Beginnings

Every so often I believe it is a good idea to go back and review beginnings, definitions, and useful links.  Sometimes a resource is lost or forgotten.  Or newly diagnosed and wanting to know basics.  Lived with PTSD or CPTSD for awhile and seeing how far you have come is refreshing reminder that progress does…

12 Symptoms

People sometimes ask, “What is the difference between PTSD and Complex PTSD?”  Fast explanation, “It is the same difference between a simple broken leg and a compound fracture.”  Some people explain it has to do with age, duration, care taker vs stranger, and other external influences that complicate the person’s reaction.  I follow Lilly Hope…

Symptoms and Learning

The past week I encountered a variety of web pages sharing different perspectives on symptoms of complex PTSD. The first one is from a known source The Mighty.  This page hosts sections of their page devoted to different challenges.  Their articles are often thought provoking and challenging.  To me, for the most part, fairly accurate. …

CPTSD

I was diagnosed with PTSD with dissociation at an extreme level over 12 years ago.  During that time PTSD was gaining recognition as being more than a soldier’s terror.  Sadly, this caused conflict and confusion.  Some soldiers thought that those not serving in the war didn’t have the ‘right’ to talk about their pain and…

Reminder I survived

Thanks to Facebook I connected with Lilly Hope Lucario – Link below if you would like to connect too.  Her post encourage me and remind me there are many others struggling with CPTSD*. Healing From Complex Trauma and Ptsd/cptsd November 22, 2016 · I would like to say something to all complex trauma survivors…. We…