COMPLEX PTSD – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

COMPLEX PTSD – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder


Hey everybody! Today I am putting out a video of something that you have asked me a lot about. Complex PTSD What is it? Does it exist? What do we do if we have it? How is it different that PTSD? There’s so many questions I’m going to answer for you right now. (Intro Music) So like I said, today I’m going to talk with you about complex PTSD, and I didn’t know anything about this. Many of you have asked about it. “Kati I had a friend who had this.” or “My doctor talked about this. What is this? I haven’t heard of it. Does it exist?” And I didn’t know. That’s what I love about our community. You all tell me things that are happening, things you’re hearing about, and then I’m forced to research it. Figure it out. So I have all my notes, have my DSM, we’re gonna talk about this. We’re gonna learn together, because I didn’t know that complex PTSD was something that exists. And for the true fact of diagnostic purposes, now the company, I shouldn’t even say company, but that’s what it is. It’s the American Psychiatric Association or the APA. Those are the people who put out the DSM. They create it. They decide what goes in and what doesn’t. And complex PTSD was something that was proposed. That they tried to get into the DSM. And the APA was like “no, PTSD is enough.” We have severe, mild, moderate. We feel that covers it. I understand. They have to make choices. They only add things so often. I mean if you saw the first DSM it was like 10 pages long. And now we have this ginormous book of different diagnosis and different diagnostic criteria. So I hear them. However, after reading about complex PTSD I have to politely disagree with them. I think the APA maybe acted too quickly, didn’t really think about it. Because the most common situation that leads to complex PTSD is coming back from war. And if we as clinicians aren’t ready and able and educated enough to help them manage their complex PTSD, then we’re doing them a huge disservice. And they just put their lives at risk for us, and that just really gets me. So what is complex PTSD? Now I got a lot of my information, because like I said it’s not something that’s in the DSM. I can’t pull up things within the DSM about how it happens, when it occurs, what causes it, you know, how does it run its course I can’t find that in here. I can only find information about PTSD itself, post traumatic stress disorder. So I got information from the VA and the National Center for PTSD, and those are the people who lobbied to the APA to get it into this new DSM. So it’s a proposed disorder, because many people feel that PTSD itself does not fully capture the severe psychological harm that occurs with prolonged and repeated trauma. I want to highlight that: prolonged and repeated trauma. Now people that get PTSD could have just had, I don’t mean just had, but could have had one traumatic event that really was terrible. It was scary. They felt helpless. They worried that their life was in danger. Instead of that anxiety feeling, that feeling of worry and stress that comes after a scary situation instead of it getting better slowly, like we start coming back to our regular self. We don’t have flashbacks as often, but PTSD just gets worse. The people who have complex PTSD, wow say that 10 times fast, have had repeated traumas. Also it’s believed that cases that involve repeated traumas needed special treatment considerations. That’s what they lobbied to the APA for. They feel it needs to be treated differently. Now the biggest concern is our vets, like I said, because of the traumatic nature of their service The fact that they feel scared and potentially helpless almost every day. They don’t know if they can get bombed while they’re sleeping at night. Every time they go out and leave their camp, they’re in another risky situation where they could lose their lives. And a lot of that can feel really helpless. They watch people around them die. This happens over and over and over. It’s repeated trauma. You with me? So other examples, other than vets, because this can happen to a lot of people. Concentration camps, prostitution brothels, long term domestic violence victims, or child physical or sexual abuse. that’s repeated. I know many of you have reached out to me and said, you know “I was sexually abused or physically abused by a family friend or parent from the ages of 6 to 12.” Or some huge chunk of time. That’s repeated trauma. And the VA and the National Center for PTSD think that should be called complex PTSD, so I have a video about PTSD. You can check that out too. I encourage all of you to check that out, so that you understand PTSD as a whole since this video is kind of building on that. How is it different from PTSD? Now this was really interesting to me, because if we’re in repeated trauma versus maybe one situation How does our mind process it differently? Why is it different? Why do we need a new diagnosis? I’m not one for a lot of diagnosis, but I have to say the VA really, they changed my thoughts about it. Now the first is emotion regulation. Many of you have heard me talk about this in my DBT videos. When I talk about better managing maybe our borderline tendencies where we feel like our emotions just overwhelm us. So people with complex PTSD may feel extremely overwhelmed with emotions all of a sudden, really quickly Like boom! All of a sudden they’re very angry and aggressive. I know a lot of the people on the VA website had talked about it and said like “yeah, my husband used to go off the handle, be crying, and then he’s screaming. He couldn’t regulate his emotion.” The second is consciousness. They completely black out or forget the traumatic events. And then many times it will switch over and then they’ll be reliving them as if they’re right back there. A lot of people dissociate, which is also a component of regular PTSD. But the complete blackouts, the forgetting, isn’t as common. Another is self perception. They’ll feel hopeless. They’re embarrassed. They have so much shame about the fact that they’re struggling. That they feel like they can’t incorporate back into life. They don’t know how to have relationships, communicate with people, connect with people. And that to me is so hard. Because they talk about the stigma. Feeling different from everyone else. And when we talk about people who had repeated trauma my heart goes out to those people. I just like, ahhhh, I feel for them. It’s terrible. And then the feeling that even after it stopped. So the trauma stopped, then they still feel like they can’t connect. They’re not part of, they’re not the same as other people. They’re embarrassed. They’re shame filled because of what happened to them, which is something that they had no control over. Something they were completely helpless to. Now the fourth, and there’s just a couple more. There’s only six. Is distorted perceptions of the perpetrator or preoccupation with revenge. A lot of people will either, and they talk about two different instances, where someone can either be like “but it wasn’t their fault. They didn’t mean it.” People who had been repeatedly physically or sexually abused are like but like “they were confused” or let’s say a cousin or a family friend or they’re like “but they’re family and I know they didn’t mean to.” They try to cover it up or pretend that it wasn’t a big deal or that they didn’t know any better. And then there’s the reverse where people are preoccupied with revenge. They’re like ‘that motherfucker is gonna get it.’ They get really focused on that, and their whole life revolves around revenge. That can be really hard for the other people in relationships with them, to deal with. The other, the fifth is, like I was just talking about relationships with others. They isolate. They don’t trust people very easily. As so you can see how maybe that makes maybe marriages really difficult. Someone comes back from war and they’re distrustful of you and they isolate. They don’t want to see family or friends. They don’t want to go out. They want to stay at home. They want to just do their thing. Leave me alone. It can be really hard. And the last is one’s system of meanings; they have a loss of sustaining faith or sense of hopelessness and despair. So this was the hardest for me to read about, because it’s almost like the core of who they are, what the meaning in life is, what the meaning of themselves is was lost. And that is just so hard to hear that people are feeling that way. That people are going through that. And we’re not even recognizing this as a diagnosis. Bleh! Makes me feel sick. So, why does this happen? What is this? What do we do? What’s the treatment like? It’s pretty much the same as PTSD where we do a lot of reintegration into situations that may be triggering. That may trigger any kind of flashback or dissociation. We ground ourselves. It’s a progressive treatment. We do it little by little. We don’t just throw you in there in the deep end and be like fix this, figure it out. I don’t care if you’re having a panic attack, you’re freaking out, we’re just gonna try and do this. It’s a slow progressive therapy. But the difference with complex is that they work a lot on interpersonal difficulties. So all of those things: the distrust, the focus potentially on revenge, the pretending the perpetrator didn’t really mean to, or their struggle with emotion regulation and lashing out, being really scary potentially to the people in their life We work a lot on that. And that’s how the treatment differs. There’s a lot of relational work. There’s a lot of couples or family work that’s integrated into this, because when someone has repeated trauma it can be really hard for them to move past it. Really hard to communicate And to completely trust and love and get back into the relationships they had before the trauma started happening. And so I want you all to consider those around you who may have had repeated trauma Maybe you could share this video with them Maybe you could work and seek to understand. Refer them to the VA or other facilities that can offer help. Refer them to therapists in the area. Be there to listen and seek to understand, because a lot of it, sounds like they just feel shame filled. They don’t know what to do. They’re embarrassed of their situation. They don’t know how to reintegrate back into life after these terrible things have happened to them, so we as a community can help better support these people. We can share this video. We can like this video. We can talk about complex PTSD and how different it is from regular PTSD, because it’s important for people to feel understood. That’s the whole reason I love our community is because we’re all in this together. Right? We’re working together. Everyone’s situation is a little bit different, but we’re all working to share and shed light on the information that’s important about mental health. To break through the stigma, so people don’t feel so shame filled and hide in the shadows isolating. They know they can they can speak up. They can talk about it, and we’re here to listen. And we’re here to better understand their situation, so please share. Please comment. Please give it a thumbs up! Let people know that this stuff is important. We need to talk about it, because people are struggling and we know the more support and information we can put out there the better.

100 comments

  1. for me I was physically abused from 3 years old until 20 and verbally abused from about 3 until 3 years ago when I was 25 and when I was a baby my mom and dad would argue and get into physical altercations and I got bullied alot at school and my dad left when I was 3

  2. I think it’s really important to also acknowledge the trauma of both childhood and adult emotional/mental abuse. Emotionally abusive relationships can definitely cause complex ptsd to develop

  3. Why are you 'forced' to talk about this in your words? Do you want to be a life-long learner to help others or not?

  4. Um… So, I just realized that I got the lottery for Complex PTSD, and I wanted to say was that your personal imput about what you feel for people that have this goes such a long way and I wish people were ore like you. People deem that as being pityful and that they don't like it, but I don't understand that and I get confused sometimes.

  5. Amazing video i defo have complex ptsd but its so hard to explain i cant think of one specific trauma i was in a 18 year long domestic abuse relationship where every single choice was made for me .. i became just a slave to his needs when i wasn't being pinned to the wall.. and its so much different from ptsd it definitely needs recognising in the diagnostic criteria xx

  6. How do we distinguish between PTSD and borderline/ bipolar/dysthymia, etc..?

  7. I've always struggled heavily on the last one. C-PTSD should be more acknowledged. I've always felt alone with this diagnosis.

  8. Hi Kati I appreciate you talking about this. Childhood emotional abuse and neglect can also create this for a person. A really good book that discusses this in terms of childhood abuse and neglect whatever the abuse is: Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving. Author Pete Walker. He suffered from it as well as being a therapist treating others. He describes the symptoms and struggles very well as well as giving helpful tools and treatment suggestions. He would say treatment needs to be different from PTSD. I hope you might look into it or anyone on here who is looking for good answers to their struggle. Kati, I appreciate your willingness to keep learning about new things!

  9. Thank you Katie!
    Can you suffer from childhood ptsd, then have cptsd, after being in a narcissistic relationship for years?

  10. Guys, I relate to the continual mental/emotional abuse as complex and persistent trauma exposure. Nonetheless it's up to me, and I won't presume what you are doing with your life, to take ownership of your healing. I can sit through this talk and apply the wartime example to my case. It doesn't illegitimize how I'm looking at the situation that my personal experience isn't illustrated in this video. It doesn't illegitimize the substance of the video. If I thought it did, it would only distract from my healing. 

    1) I can look at problems from outside my own self-centered perspective. God knows it's like a friggin' holiday to not be so damn self-centered 
    2) the model applies to what people are grumbling about. The mission of the video is to align with a powerful collective that can influence the outcome of research and diagnosis tools for the future. 
    3) You can see that complex PTSD just has a lot more steps and it's still just a matter of breaking down what you are working on into smaller pieces or steps 
    4) the inter-relational piece of this therapeutic process is significant. 
    If you aren't looking at the sense of self as it relates to other people with interpersonal therapy (even if you see someone for Individual), you have a world of things to discover. You might even start with appreciating that your opinions matter, they certainly influenced my willingness to write this. So consider an additional definition of your selves as you relate to other people.

  11. thank you! 10 yrs on the street, gang fights knife fights. seeing my mother,double murder suicide. forever in hell! you really explained it. And now I'm trying to set a dialogue with my psych. just saying thank you for your understanding and effort. dig,,,

  12. And believe it or not.. that's only a small part of my hell. It goes on and on. drugs and alcohol seem the only solution. but i can't drink no more. dig. and weed i can't get because of housing, etc. so what can i do emdr. I am going to try it. but after 40 yrs in hell?! can it save my life. Or back to the lessor of evils. drink? I think sad to say I'm dead already.. but thank you for your time effort and sharing. it's really important catch it early. you can save lives. dig!

  13. I notice you said physical and sexual abuse. What about emotional abuse? Is that noticed? It very well should be.

  14. There is a very helpful book that I found by Pete Walker named Complex Trauma: From Surviving to Thriving. The said person, a complex trauma survivor himself, has written a comprehensive account of how childhood emotional abuse, including neglect and abandonment, play a huge role in developing CPTSD. I found the book very helpful as it made me understand my symptoms better and offer immense hope of recovering.

  15. I have cptts avpd schysotyppacel i am 53 now depression was my diagnoses for a long time never been diagnoses richt very frustrating a waisted live

  16. The thing is coming back from war is completely different to being abused regularly from infancy how do you heal a person who was never even allowed to develop emotionally because it's not safe in their own home vs a whole adult who chose to go somewhere dangerous?

  17. I was told I have PTSD because of my trauma from sexual abuse and an abusive relationship with my ex. I now act the way my ex treated me.

  18. Parenting regulations NEED to be put in place across the world!!! Im so fucking SICK of crappy "adults" abusing CHILDREN!!! Then these children grow up to be confused adults. Why tf is society so RUINED?!? bullying, abuse, shaming etc etc. Everyone should know what IS and what is NOT acceptable to do to a child!!! you never see wildlife animals abuse their children!!!! Society MUST change. Im glad we are talking more about mental health and awareness, racism, pedophilia etc now days.

  19. My therapist called this "complex trauma" and I didn't really understand it until I came across your video. But NOW it makes sense. I've always been told I'm sensitive, and I had a LOT of issues trying to regulate my emotions as a teen and I still get very easily overwhelmed like 0-100 so quick. I feel so relieved and understood now. I'm not a broken, dysfunctional human. I was hurt. All this is a manifestation of that hurt. And there is hope because there is therapy. Thank you so much, Katie! Can't wait to order your book on payday!

  20. Do you have any training at all in PTSD? If you don't doing just research is not enough and if you are not trained in treatment for it you definitely should not be speaking about it "After reading about" Yeah you are in no way qualified, and promoing your book in the description on a subject so serious?…Cringey.

  21. The first time I watched a video on about complex PTSD was a few days ago. I don't know if I feel better or worse having a name for what goes on inside of me. I've just always kind of dealt with it. Like it was common sense that I was going to be a mess after everything I want thru. I learned to self medicate and went on with my life. But I still drop a nuclear bomb drop a nuclear bomb on it every once in a while out of nowhere. I have no explanation for it. It makes no sense at all. I just do it. It didn't make sense anyway. It totally does after watching these videos. but seriously, I don't know if that makes it better or worse

  22. I was raised in a very high control religious cult from when I was born to when I was 18. After I left i went to a therapist because I started having bad outbursts of anger and she told me that i have cptsd. She gave me some explanation of what that meant but I was still a bit in the dark so to speak. So thanks for making this video it helped clear the air a bit.

  23. The DSM is not a definitive Bible but a work in progress… it does not get recognize developmental trauma or complex trauma disorder which is different from PTSD in that it occurs earlier in life, and from multiple or chronic serious events of abuse, neglect or abandonment etc. – including but not limited to sexual abuse and physical assault PTSD is by contrast tied to events that occur more in the adult stage and more from a single defined event.

    A tumultuous and worried early life is different trauma than adult trauma because there is not a pre-trauma personality and previous experience as a means to contextualize and deal with it.

    Developmental trauma means precisely that it affects early brain development and that it wires the brains of young people incorrectly at a deep level early on in life. This means it is trickier to understand and sort out and that pure intellectual therapy doesn't work. It's deeper than words.

    We are born with a hundred million neurones that are ready to learn from the environment and wire together, making our early years a critical stage that requires stability and support.

  24. Tell me if you have experienced a lack of empathy, support and attunement from the people who were responsible for raising you & helping you become a complete human being.

    Therapy culture teaches us that "having entitlement" is bad, however caregivers and parents still do have a job to do. That's not entitlement on the part of the child, that's responsibility on the adult role. Children are as helpless for support to develop psychologically as they are on nutrients to grow healthy bodies.

  25. Being sexually abused at 7 everyday for an entire summer by my uncle while my dad was away dieing combined with being shamed at school for my father dieing. Also being beaten & raped 4 years ago by a narcopath has left me with CPTSD. Im in EMDR therapy and fight suicide daily… so its not all
    war stuff. Please research further.
    Complex means multiple layers of trauma. All kinds. Im 66 now. I doubt its ever leaving me.

  26. Who else here was a baby bonus farm for 16 years?
    Is everyone you grew up around an accomplice to your torture?
    Anyone here ever hear about a school shooting, and said to themselves, no wonder?
    Why don’t people get mental health help options in the mail from the local government?
    It’s the people that don’t know about the help that they need, who don’t get the help they need 🤦‍♂️
    How many more men and women will get in an abusive relationship, because they are trying to escape an abusive family.
    How many kids didn’t call children’s aid themselves, because they’re caregivers told them that their foster parents would treat them worse, when they get physically and sexually abused and neglected, unable to acquire friends and knowledge to bring them a better life
    Why do people try to look nice, but ignore these problems.

  27. For the longest time since being diagnosed with ptsd I really though I didn't have ptsd.. No one explained why they diagnosed me with it and learning about it online it didn't explain what I was entirely experiencing.. I'm just finding out cptsd resonates more with what I'm experiencing.. This has helped me more to not feel so alone.. I know a diagnosis doesn't change what I'm going through but it helps me know I'm not alone someone else is experiencing it too.. My old therapist always asked me why I needed to get myself re-diagnosed and it always annoyed me.. But now I know what is causing this and now I'm satisfied.

  28. I'm not a war veteran, but my grandfather was, and my mum apparently saw it as appropriate to dump that trauma on me. Now I'm drowning in this endless sea of trash, trying to sort it through, but endlessly failing because it never was mine to begin with and I don't know where I'm supposed to put it and everyone around me keeps ignoring the suffocating trash on top of me because they don't wanna deal with it either and I can't get out.

  29. My Mom has this and bipolar and I don't know what to do. She needs a consistent amount of support and proper medical help. She refuses to go to the government hospital or see the private psychiatrists we have available. She's been doing like herbal stuff and using alot of marijuana which hasn't helped. Like she's alive but she's not living and it's like she's stuck in her head not able to go out or move on from literally a single thing.

  30. I witnessed intense domestic violence from the age of 5 to around the age of 7. I was also sexually molested at the age of 12. I always felt like my PTSD was different and now I have an answer.

  31. Definitely explains why everyone around me is so messed up 10,000+ earthquakes since 2012 and not a single service in the city to help 😂

  32. Would complex ptsd be the same ptsd that police officers who eventually commit suicide have? I’m trying to find hope for police officers after a member of my family, who was a veteran police officer with severe ptsd committed suicide. He was seeing a psychiatrist and on medication, and seeing a therapist. He was doing everything he could do as far as treatment goes, but it wasn’t enough for him to stay alive.

  33. Domestic abuse, even 3 years after leaving the situation, mentally and emotionally I am exhausted, I have lots of triggers. I don't think alot of people understand me cause some people get over it so quickly. I hate feeling terrified all the time, sometimes I enjoy loud noise, while other times I plug my ears, or I shut down if I feel misunderstood, then I suffer in silence.
    I get terrified of agressive tones of voice. I feel scared when I see guys who look anything like my former abuser, be it their body, the hair color, hair cut, body language. Sudden movements, I flench. Or something so stupidly small can trigger my trauma. It's terrible to go through. I don't say this for sympathy, I say this cause it's real. Whatever type of PTSD I have, it hurts.

  34. I am sorry I cut you off at 4:03. War is not the only trauma life. War is not the habitual abuse in ones life. War is not what steals innocence from a child. Forgive me from not seeing your video through even though I was looking for comfort. Shit happens. And it happens on a percentage larger then we expect, fear, or imagine. We cannot not protect who we love from the damage of the sin in the world. On a farther scale then you know children have been abused by the people they trust no matter how much the parents protect. There is just sick people out there. I was abused. So many times, from so many people.And you know what, I am alive. And you know what, I want to do something about it. Warriors are not made from nothing, they are made from pain. Well mfers. you better watch out, we are coming for you.

  35. Hi I have suffered from being jealous and envious around the women my age. And I stopped going to social events where I felt small and like a child around them. I realised I have panic attacks, nightmares, bad dreams and feel sweaty and hyperventilating and flashbacks. When I was around them. As I was mollicoddled by my family as a child. And they weren't. Now in my adulthood I can't stop reliving my childhood.

  36. Not many talk about this one but I was attacked by the same pitbull twice and thats where my ptsd comes from now but animal attacks are not much mentioned

  37. Any prolonged and repeated trauma definitely adds demensions they are not considering when they ignore cptsd exists.

  38. I have it all my life. I’m surprised I’m alive. I had this all my life I’m sorry but it’s hard being a adult more because the memories just creep in randomly and it effect your life and daily life I’m a fucked up 23 year old pretty girl. When i should be normal.

  39. my dad would beat us,yell at us in front of cops,school, stores my dad would flip out on cars driving to fast people being to loud nieghbors kids In the road,fight all the time,drink beer everyday..then having step brother molest us at the age 5 &6 and me tell and my dad on 17 year old step brother my dad beat him so bad I have been stuck in my childhood and now 36 understanding why alchohol at the age 13 made my life easier tell I was 18 was ok but I did not stop drinking tell 36 now I am trying to cope and it sucks there is way more to the story and cptsd is real trauma at a young age.
    Ms. Junko therapist thank you from my heart… dont know how to find you but thank you!!!

  40. Trauma inform practice is essential in the conceptualization of who we are, and why we develop PTSD. Vulnerabilities such as genetics and historical precede PTSD reactions. Also, the concept of various mental health illnesses is somewhat redundant… if you only consider that PTSD accumulates almost ALL symptoms associated to anxiety, depression and personality disorder.

  41. I stopped watching when she said it only comes from war I have cptsd I wasnt in a war just an extremely abusive relationship that has had terrible effects on my life

  42. I kept it all inside for years and I blocked all emotions and kept living in my head. Started my spiritual journey and after removing and healing a lot of layers, getting to the core, I dont know how I survived till now…

  43. I watch a few of these types of videos… pretty often. Looking for something new, or at least a new way of looking at something. It was when you said "Motherfucker", and you almost said it exactly the right way, that I realized I hadn't heard a single thing you said, or probably any of the other videos I've watched for a couple of years now. I rewatched this from the beginning and paid attention. I'm still crying like a little girl, full snot and everything. Thanks for a really great human moment. Have a good one.

  44. Childhood abuse is the "Classic Complex Trauma" We had zero pre trauma us. I was marinated in that daily, from day one and well beyond his death. Children do not have any skills to understand whats happening.

  45. THANK you for talking about this. My therapist and I have been talking about ptsd and c ptsd. Sadly it’s not viewed as a “real mental disorder” but reliving a t (small t) trauma, can be worse is some instances. Not only do you experience the trauma OVER and OVER, but you can have more and more triggers. Confusing shit man…

  46. Can one have this disorder without having gone to war? I know this is a very simplistic question:… but i am being basic for a reason. These videos are very helpful. Thank you

  47. I was wounded in Iraq after my vehicle was hit directly underneath by daisy-chained IEDs that blew simultaneously. I was wounded with two of my soldiers and a civilian. I spent two years in Walter Reed Army Medical Center trying to rebuild my body but neglected the mind trauma. We all did. I believe that is why there were so many suicides during that period of time. Now, 15 years later, my body is scarred from stomache to toes, my left leg is amputated above the knee and my right leg is missing over 60% muscular tissue. I suffer from CPTSD, with body dysmorphia and extreme dissociative episodes. I have actively participated in several therapy programs (CBT, Prolonged Exposure, and individual/group therapy) and try to adopt the learned skills into my daily life. The problem is, these feelings of extreme guilt, suicidal ideation, deep depression, and loss of personal identity & social isolation. I don't trust people. When I am around people in a social environment I feel cut off from any sense of normalicy. Even when people come to my house, I find it hard to maintain a conversation with them. It is embarrassing and wholly disruptive to any chance of a normal life. I try to explain how I feel but saying that I think my brain is broken. Like there was a switch that got cut off and now my old way of behaving and thinking are gone. I just want to fix that in me. I feel hopeless in this life I lead. I don't know if I will ever feel normal again. I am married but have my own bedroom- both because I punch and kick and thrash about while having my many night terrors, and because I was keeping my wife awake because I suffer from terrible insomnia. So I am even cut off from the love of my life! I don't want to be this way. I have seriously thought how happy I would be if I didn't wake up one day. Is there treatment for so much mental illness?? I don't want to keep being the person I am. But when I have done all the therapy, taken all the drugs, follow my doctors advice…it's all feels like empty acts and I'm not even going through the motions properly. What hope is there for someone in my place? 15 years like this without change is enough to drive anyone to extremes. I just want this to end. Thank you, Dr. Morton for discussing this. I do find comfort in the way you describe the mental anguish I find myself in. I will continue to follow your channel in the Hope's that you will one day make an announcement about a radical new therapy model. Until then, I wait alone in this world.

  48. Today I've seen like between 10 and 15 of her videos at 1.5 speed for a test I have tomorrow and also I'm under the effect of coffee (which technically I shouldn't be drinking) and I think I'm going to explode.

  49. I got diagnosed with bpd and as I went through dbt I started to open up about things and got diagnosed with this. Thankyou for making this video

  50. I have PTSD , anxiety, get that way i get extremely overwhelmed all of the sudeen in social situations my mother was an alcoholic ..ontop of that i was in another emotional abusive intimate relationship ,, i was constantly afraid of being abandoned that it consumes me

  51. I have Cptsd I m going back to the VA to see if they can help. I have this from being a Fireman ( blowed up on a fireworks barge 1995, my left arm got ripped off and but back on) Meds only temp help. You are on to something here and you hit home with me. I have a rough Journey to heel this Cptsd 🙏 to us all and concealers like you.

  52. My dad was a gang investigator and narcotic investigator and was in the S.W.A.T so it is not just when you were in a war

  53. I’m sorry, but you have it wrong. PTSD is caused by experiencing a traumatic event or a number of events and is usually associated with veterans but anyone can experience one or more traumatic events.

    Complex-PTSD is experiencing trauma over a considerable length of time from which there is no apparent escape, such as growing up with domestic violence or being in a hostage situation. When childhood trauma is inescapable, during the developmental years, brain damage may happen and that is permanent.

    With PTSD there usually was time before the trauma. With C-PTSD there often was NO time before the trauma (an exception being, C-PTSD from being in a domestic violent marriage for a considerable period of time).

    And it is possible to have both. Both a traumatic and violent upbringing or marriage AND traumatic EVENTS such as a car crash or witnessing a death, etc

    What’s the difference between PTSD and C-PTSD?
    * PTSD is a mental health issue that can occur in people who have lived through a specific traumatic event or series of events that have a definitive time limit, or in many cases, only happen once.
    * C-PTSD, is the result of prolonged exposure to trauma over long periods of time, often during childhood.

  54. I can see why so many women with BPD, and even vulnerable/covert narcissism get misdiagnosed with CPTSD.
    From your description the presentation is all but identical, save the cause. And if they are clued up on CPTSD they wouldn't be able to help but exploit this similarity.

  55. So liiiiike living with a roommate who constantly self harms and attempts suicide, and for a year I never know what I'm going to come home to? Yeah I'd say that qualifies. It's been 10 years and I can still feel every feeling I felt. Dissociation started occuring 1 year after and I was told I was being a brat because it's not like I was in a war or anything..Lets maybe try to get rid of that extraordinarily unhelpful stereotype. Good times.

  56. I have CPTSD. I went to a therapist for EMDR therapy. It's the hardest thing I've ever done, but it paid off huge! I would recommend that to anyone with CPTSD, its worth the work and every penny you pay.

  57. With my cptsd.. Its a challenge when it comes to dating.. I dont know the social cues and i aways have bad trust issues.. But even if its small social things were peope without this diagnosis knows.. I have no idea.. An di just stand there like a moron.. Uper frustraiting.. And I cant sseem to keep a relationship or date ayone laast longer from 6 to 7 months

  58. Kati! I like you but you are clearly NOT an expert on this! It comes from attachment trauma mostly (childhood abuse includes that too)…I am sorry but I ma disappointed with this video 🙁

  59. What about in a relationship with someone you’re really close to.. when you fight or have times of anger with someone and it destroys you so you immediately want to fix it so the other person isn’t sad or angry at you anymore and so you can eliminate those intense feelings you’re having.. is that more cptsd. I can’t have emotionally involved relationships with people I love like a girlfriend or a close friend because I can’t stand to feel how depressed I get when I’m in a fight with someone and we both part ways for say an hour or whatever time it is.. that time away kills me because I know how bad they feel and it destroys me. I have to immediately just fix it and apologize To feel normal again. I am diagnosedwith cptsd

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