Symptoms of complex PTSD
The symptoms of complex PTSD are similar to symptoms of PTSD, but may include:
- feelings of shame or guilt
- difficulty controlling your emotions
- periods of losing attention and concentration (dissociation)
- physical symptoms, such as headaches, dizziness, chest pains and stomach aches
- cutting yourself off from friends and family
- relationship difficulties
- destructive or risky behaviour, such as self-harm, alcohol misuse or drug abuse
- suicidal thoughts
Treating complex PTSD
If you have complex PTSD, you may be offered therapies used to treat PTSD, such as trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy or eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR).
People with complex PTSD often find it difficult to trust other people. You may be offered more therapy sessions than usual so you have time to build a trusting relationship with your therapist.
You'll also be offered treatment for other problems you may have, such as depression or alcohol addiction.
You should be offered ongoing support after your treatment ends.
The mental health charity Mind has more information about complex PTSD.