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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At the age of 40, she was diagnosed with Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) due to decades of emotional and mental abuse by an adoptive mother.
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Germani said victims often narrate facts but not emotions, listing atrocities in such a neutral tone of voice that those examining their status doubt they are refugees "when it is actually a sign of a very serious problem." A study carried out in 2013 by the Italian Refugee Council (CIR) found that 38 percent of asylum seekers in Italy suffered from depression, while 44 percent were battling with complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
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