complex post-traumatic stress disorderJoe Segen2016-12-27T20:51:18+00:00
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.