Many people experience anxiety at some point in their lives. You feel anxiety when speaking in public, trying something new, or meeting someone special. Your palms get sweaty. Your heart races. You feel a ball in your stomach. Your chest feels tight.
Anxiety is good in some situations. It prepares us for flight-or-flight responses. It prompts us to take action or to plan out what is going to occur in a situation. Anxiety in mild forms can be a good thing. Our body is designed to be anxious in situations where we should take control and take action. Anxiety that pervades everything in our life, causes us to be sick, and keeps us awake at night is bad.
Anxiety can escalate to another level. When a person is exposed to traumatic or negative events where they feel little or no control in the outcome, the anxiety can turn into post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If you have enough recurring events in your life that are traumatic, you may even be diagnosed with complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD).
Complex PTSD is a disorder that often affects soldiers, battered women, and children who have been in abusive and domestic violence situations. It is used to diagnose people who have been exposed to long-term and repeated exposure to situations out of their control, whereas normal PTSD can occur in someone with exposure to one or two traumatic events. PTSD can happen when someone is raped or is the victim of other violent circumstances, like a shooting event. A person who dates or marries a psychopath or a narcissist can have complex PTSD. A child who is sexually abused repeatedly is also likely to have complex PTSD.
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The Author targets the topic in such a clear and concise manner which is key for those suffering from PTSD/CPTSD, since often there is difficulty processing information after experiencing severe abuse and trauma. Also has some good resources that are not financially draining and can be used as tools immediately to get on the path toward helping and healing you.
Hard to listen to due to brought back so much of my past and present life. I had to put my hands over my eyes to get through listening to the pain of memories and what is happening in my present life. I am now age 53 and just getting some help but have not pinned what you're saying due to keeping me afloat so I don't become homeless. I'm am a sensitive person and grew up in large family the 5th of 6th kids. Always pushed aside and never felt heard.. Parents never knew that my brother 8 years older was sexualizing abusing me.. Then dealing with all the other siblings picking on me. I became a very shy child and wanted to be let alone. To this day the person that started my spiraling life, told me to bury the skeletons.. He said I have.. And to stop crying. Sister told me to get over it and life goes on. And I have been through two abusive marriages and now feel afarid to tell since they all run away and don't want to be around someone with such deep seed problems. I rather be now by myself instead of opening up the pain.
The symptoms, well explained, the causes as well. The advice to overcome, well light. There isn't anything the internet doesn't offer up free, that ultimately I could have written this myself and with authority as I suffer.
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