Complex PTSD

young girl with C-PTSD and scratches and bruises on her face after traumatic event

Complex PTSD: Symptoms and Treatment

Complex PTSD has recently started to become recognized by doctors. C-PTSD has additional symptoms and a more pronounced effect than traditional forms of PTSD. Due to the fact that it is a fairly newly recognized condition, it is important for those that believe that they may have PTSD to understand the symptoms and warning signs of the condition, as well as what you can do if you have complex PTSD, and how it can be treated.

What causes Complex PTSD?

Both PTSD and complex PTSD are caused by traumatic events in a person’s past, which triggers certain negative symptoms mentally and physically. These traumatic events can include abuse, being in a war zone, witnessing a natural disaster, or witnessing a traumatic event. However, if we were to separate PTSD and complex PTSD, complex PTSD is more often caused by occurrences such as experiencing trauma when you were very young or trauma that lasted for a longer period of time. Complex PTSD may also be your diagnosis if you have experienced more than one incidence of trauma in your lifetime.

What are the symptoms of C-PTSD?

Sufferers of complex post traumatic stress disorder experience a number of symptoms that are shared by those that have PTSD. These include mental effects such as seeing flashbacks and having intrusive thoughts or nightmares about the trauma, as well as mood changes, such as becoming upset, and panic attacks. Others may notice that you have PTSD if you are constantly keeping yourself busy to stay alert and to avoid thinking of the trauma, and you may be aggressive or lose concentration. You may also experience physical symptoms such as feeling numb, having disturbed sleep patterns, or shaking and sweating during panic episodes.

However, the 0.5% of the population that suffers from complex PTSD will also display additional symptoms, such as feeling hopeless on a constant basis, avoiding family and friends and believing that no one can understand your trauma and situation, struggling to manage your emotions, and experiencing symptoms of disassociation.

What should you do if you believe you have complex PTSD?

If you believe that you have complex PTSD, you should visit your local doctor as soon as possible. They will be able to diagnose your symptoms, discuss your condition and emotions, and make a treatment plan. You may also want to consider visiting a counselor or therapist to help you to come to terms with your emotions and the trauma that you have experienced, whether that is through group therapy or one-to-one talking sessions.

Complex PTSD Treatment Options & The SGB Injection

There are now alternative treatments for those that have tried the traditional treatments and did not reap the benefits from them. The stellate ganglion block (SGB) is a revolutionary PTSD injection treatment that can help those suffering from PTSD to overcome their disorder.

The SGB injection for PTSD can help to reduce your fight and flight instinct and allow you to numb the effects of PTSD while you recover. If you are interested in receiving these treatments, you should refer to an SGB clinic, where you can speak with a trained SGB doctor about the alternative treatments on offer.

Alongside the SGB injection to treat PTSD, you may choose to take part in traditional treatments, which will be similar, or the same, to those that have been agreed upon for those experiencing PTSD. 

These may include therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy to help you to cope with the challenges that you may experience in daily life, or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, which helps you to reduce the ease of which you are startled through reprogramming your brain when thinking about your trauma.

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