Complex Trauma

Complex Trauma Disorder

What is meant by this and how can I help you?

Complex trauma disorder is a psychological disorder that can develop in response to prolonged, and repeated experience of interpersonal trauma. It can also be referred to as post traumatic stress disorder.

What does this mean?

Trauma is in a context in which the individual has little or no chance of escape. The trauma model of mental disorders and is associated with chronic sexual, psychological, narcissistic (child) abuse and physical abuse or neglect. This may also be from chronic partner violence, prolonged workplace or school bullying, the trauma disorder is also as a result of human trafficking, prisoners of war, concentration camp survivors and residential school survivors.

Symptoms of this type of trauma are such as prolonged feelings of terror, worthlessness, helplessness and deformation of one’s identity and sense of self.

Treatment Recommendations

There is no one treatment which has been designed specifically for use with the adult complex post traumatic population there are many therapeutic interventions used by mental health professionals to treat the trauma.

  1. Cognitive behavior disorder and trauma focused CBT.
  2. Cognitive therapy.
  3. Prolonged exposure therapy. I mostly use Cognitive behavior therapy.

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