COMPLEX POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (C-PTSD)

C-PTSD differs in symptoms and in nature from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). C-PTSD stands for Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. C-PTSD in children are best described as Developmental Traumatic Disorder (DTD). C-PTSD is the result of repetitive traumatic events of the same nature or various different traumatic experiences over a longer period of time (the same is applicable to DTD).

Psychotherapy for trauma differs significantly from treatment strategies for other mental illnesses. (though, lately leading professionals see trauma as the cause for mental illnesses, even trans-generational trauma in the light of new research around epigenetics (experiences make changes on DNA level).

We do know that mental illness has the following components:

1. Biological
2. Psychological
3. Social context
4. And we believe in the plasticity of the brain (therefore the need for psychotherapy)

Only medication is not enough, psychotherapy is essential.