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Complex PTSD: Surviving to Thriving

Complex PTSD: Surviving to Thriving

Most people will have heard of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a condition that can develop after a traumatic event or experience and leaves the suffer unable to stop feeling afraid of their current situation. They may not, however, have heard of complex PTSD, and may not even realize that it is a condition that exists. In essence, it is closely related to PTSD, but it is slightly different. Whereas PTSD is the result of a single event, CPTSD is the result of ongoing trauma, such as abuse or illness.

The Symptoms of CPTSD

Due to its similarity to PTSD, the symptoms of CPTSD are often the same, although there are some additional symptoms to look out for. Some of the shared symptoms include:

  •  Reliving the trauma
  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Insomnia (in some cases stemming from the nightmares, but not always)
  •  Avoiding specific places or situations (e.g., large crowds, flying, hospitals)
  • Avoiding relationships
  • Constantly being alert (hyperarousal)
  • Panic attacks

Those suffering from CPTSD also experience:

  •  Inability to regulate emotion
  • Dissociation
  • Negative self-perception
  • Unable to have relationships
  • Loss of faith (not just religious faith; this can mean faith in other people or even oneself)

The symptoms of CPTSD and PTSD will differ from person to person. It will depend on their own personal situation as to how their condition manifests itself.

From Surviving To Thriving

When someone first develops CPTSD, they may not understand what is happening. Their entire world can change, and what they used to enjoy doing and the places they liked to go to may no longer feel safe – they may even prefer to stay indoors by themselves, and even then, they won’t feel altogether safe. In these instances, the sufferer will often be surviving and nothing more. There will be no enjoyment in their lives, and they will simply be getting through each day as well as they can.

Change is necessary to enable the sufferers of CPTSD to not just survive but to thrive.

The first step is to seek help. This might be with a friend or family member. The CPTSD sufferer may just need someone to talk to. However, remember that no matter how meaningful friends and family will be, they are no substitute for a medical professional with experience in CPTSD. Once you have opened up to them, you should also seek professional help.

It is after this that you can go from surviving to thriving. Treatment options are available that will make life much better. Depending on your symptoms and preferences, these treatments could include medication, therapy, or an injection to the stellate ganglion (a group of nerves responsible for sending the fight or flight message to the amygdala in the brain). It could be a combination of these things.

Once treatment is sought, thriving can begin. You will be able to leave your home more often, experience new things without being afraid, talk to people, enjoy your relationships, get a job and keep it, and much more. 

Thrive with the PTSD Injection

The stellate ganglion block can help those with PTSD to overcome their mental health condition by significantly reducing the symptoms of PTSD. The SGB procedure is quick and provides long-lasting results. The SGB works by injecting a local anesthetic into the region of the stellate ganglion, which is a bundle of nerve fibers that is responsible for the regulation of the sympathetic nervous system (or ‘fight or flight’ response).

If you have PTSD after a traumatic experience, the SGB injection for PTSD may be the single solution you’ve been searching for. Give us a call today to find out if the SGB for PTSD is right for you.

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