complex post-traumatic stress disorder

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complex post-traumatic stress disorder 


A mental state induced by prolonged psychosocial trauma coupled with disempowerment and an inability to escape one’s situation.

While C-PTSD is similar to PTSD, the latter doesn’t account for all of the symptoms of C-PTSD and lacks C-PTSD’s inescapability and helplessness.

Examples Sexual abuse (especially of children), physical abuse, emotional abuse, domestic violence, torture of prisoners.

C-PTSD had been proposed as an entity a sui generis to be included in the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM 5–Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition, but was not added. 


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