complex post-traumatic stress disorder

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complex post-traumatic stress disorder

A psychological 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 does not account for all of the symptoms of C-PTSD and lacks the component of inescapability and helplessness which characterises C-PTSD.

Examples
Sexual abuse (especially of children), physical abuse, emotional abuse, domestic violence or torture.
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The terms used were: Complex trauma OR complex PTSD OR Complex post-traumatic stress symptoms OR Unspecified external stress disorder AND Psychological treatment OR Psychological intervention OR Psychological therapy AND Effectiveness OR Efficacy.
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