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The Impact of Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Childhood Trauma

Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) and Childhood Trauma are becoming very common diagnoses but largely neglected, due to not understanding the basis behind the symptoms. This “processing” often begins (in childhood) as a result of being raised in an environment that exhibits high cortisol fight-flight-freeze hormone and consistent psychological reaction to conditions (perceived as personal attack or event that threatens survival; bullying; parental distrust).

Due to the processing from this environment, children tend to experience certain symptoms of CPTSD and childhood trauma, which affects their lives growing up.

The Impact of CPTSD and Childhood Trauma

The impact of CPTSD and childhood trauma is so wide that it affects the child’s behavior, cognition, brain development, and mental health. Growing up, all of these begin to show up in human relations and interactions, attitude to work, and emotional responses. Let’s examine some of these responses and how they are caused by childhood trauma.

  • Cognitive Responses: Individuals who have experienced some sort of childhood trauma or CPTSD while growing up tend to lack concentration when learning, which makes them slow learners. It also affects their analytical and problem-solving abilities, all of which result in abysmal academic performances

  • Emotional Responses: CPTSD and childhood trauma are mainly expressed in how individuals respond emotionally. There is always excessive worry and hopelessness resulting from a lack of trust for people and the world as a whole. Also, there is a feeling of shame, guilt, and lack of efficacy owing to low self-esteem. Such an individual finds it difficult to recognize, let alone control, their emotions

  • Physical Responses: The impact of CPTSD and childhood trauma is also seen in how affected individuals respond physically. They tend to be more reserved and prefer to stay in their shell while getting unnecessarily aggressive at the slightest breach of their privacy. ****This causes them to have eating and sleeping disorders, which results in cardiovascular diseases and short life span

  • Behavioral Responses: CPTSD and childhood trauma affects self-regulation, cause social distancing, and may result in engaging in illegal activities. ***Many of these individuals go on to be victims of drug abuse, unwanted pregnancies, and trafficking just to suppress depression

CPTSD Differentiated From PSTD

PTSD results from a single event like witnessing a robbery scene, being a victim of sexual assaults, or watching two cars collide. CPTSD, on the other hand, results from a series of events and manifests with more extreme symptoms than that of PTSD. Take, for example, the child who is raped once and another who is raped on several occasions, as they’re developing in adolescents or teens years. While the former will exhibit symptoms of a PTSD event, the latter will exhibit CPTSD “PROCESSING” because of the prolonged experience. This, not only creates trauma but also how stress is seen/feels like trauma even in small doses. Stress in itself can trigger trauma processing and symptoms!

One HUGE condition many of us suffer when experiencing CPTSD is self-misconception, which goes on to affect how we relate to life and people BECAUSE IF THERE IS NO SELF-TRUST there is often little certainty with who one is! This negative conception of “self” causes a contrast of NOT trusting anything when we ultimately want to trust EVERYTHING. It’s exhausting and intensely difficult to try to walk with day in and day out.


To Wrap It Up

CPTSD is not only becoming more known and talked about, but its impact is also becoming more glaring in society! Individuals with symptoms are now seeking more knowledge, stepping into their brave to learn how to process better, sustaining recovery within groups and helping others, and finding that there is healing BODY * MIND * SOUL!!

Please see www.HelpOthersJunkee.com to get involved and heal today!

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