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Complex PTSD vs PTSD and wanting advice about my experience

SunnyDaze

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I wasn't trying to "convince" you that it's not CPTSD,just trying to get you to see that it could be something else,like depression or something.And that getting help for symptoms is more important than latching on to a diagnosis that may or may not fit.
 
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I see what u say.
I came to thinking about cPTSD as my depression was not getting better and thought that there might be a dimension that I hadn't considered. Depression can exist by itself (as the primary disorder), you're saying, and can also be as a secondary symptom of cPTSD.
I am seeing a trauma specialist but I think, with the information I have acquired from your careful advice, I won't go in there asserting anything about cPTSD. I know they are under pressure to accept only the most needy clients (nhs funded unit).
I guess that's it unless u gave any more advice. Thx
 
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Oh please don't base your decisions on anything I have said.I'm definitely not an expert and as I said way earlier in this thread, I honestly don't know.

I do think it might be a good idea to talk to the specialist about CPTSD though so it can either be ruled out or confirmed.
 
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Thanks, will take what you say into consideration. It seems tough to diagnose then. The message I have is that it is so much worse than `plain old depression', but what are the unique of distinguishing features. That has not been made clear to me
 
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  1. Attachment - "problems with relationship boundaries, lack of trust, social isolation, difficulty perceiving and responding to other’s emotional states, and lack of empathy"
  2. Biology - "sensory-motor developmental dysfunction, sensory-integration difficulties, somatization, and increased medical problems"
  3. Affect or emotional regulation - "poor affect regulation, difficulty identifying and expressing emotions and internal states, and difficulties communicating needs, wants, and wishes"
  4. Dissociation - "amnesia, depersonalization, discrete states of consciousness with discrete memories, affect, and functioning, and impaired memory for state-based events"
  5. Behavioral control - "problems with impulse control, aggression, pathological self-soothing, and sleep problems"
  6. Cognition - "difficulty regulating attention, problems with a variety of "executive functions" such as planning, judgement, initiation, use of materials, and self- monitoring, difficulty processing new information, difficulty focusing and completing tasks, poor object constancy, problems with "cause-effect" thinking, and language developmental problems such as a gap between receptive and expressive communication abilities."
  7. Self-concept -"fragmented and disconnected autobiographical narrative, disturbed body image, low self-esteem, excessive shame, and negative
This was taken from the myptsd forum I told you about.It would be the above symptoms of CPTSD along with the usual PTSD symptoms.which you can easily find with a Google search.These are not all of the symptoms of CPTSD,they can also be found by doing a search.I'm not going to compare it to "plain old depression" but I will say yes it's way more than just depression.
 
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Thank you for that. That makes it clearer. Wouldn't wish that on anyone.
 
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