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A Case Study Treating Complex PTSD

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A Case Study Treating Complex PTSD

James Husen’s A Case Study Treating Complex PTSD tells the story of one woman’s (Kris’) heroic struggle to cope with and normalize abuse from childhood into adult life.

A Case Study Treating Complex PTSD also gives the reader a deep research-based understanding of why childhood abuse and adult abuse or trauma can affect us so much.

Dr. Husen weaves into the story his efforts to understand and help as her therapist.

Readers connect with Kris’ life.

This woman’s life mirrors own experiences to some degree.

Her story as illuminated by the research on trauma gives readers a doctoral level understanding of how our experiences in life and our response to those experiences affect six areas of human development:

1. our ability to concentrate, plan for and reach goals

2. our ability to access, experience and regulate our emotions

3. our self perceptions

4. our relationships with others

5 our connection with our own bodies and

6. our sense of meaning and/or purpose in life.

What is Complex PTSD?

Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) is a mental health condition that arises from prolonged exposure to stressors and trauma, both of which are imposed on the individual by someone in authority or who may be(or was) a caretaker.

Unlike PTSD, which stems from isolated traumatic incidents, C-PTSD is marked by on-going, stifling and pervasive trauma.

Left unchecked, a victim of this type of behavior becomes prone to symptoms that dramatically impact their emotional, cognitive, and physiological well-being.

What are the symptoms of Complex PTSD?

Identifying the range of symptoms is critical so you, a mental health practitioner and friends, family and advocates you trust, can help you confront the demons and support you the same time.

What makes a diagnosis all the more complicated is that Complex PTSD symptoms manifest similarly to other mental health disorders.

Also, reckless, addictive behavior, unhealthy coping mechanisms and avoidance strategies meant to stifle and repress the emotional pain is often misdiagnosed OR occurs alongside the C-PTSD condition.

Individuals with C-PTSD commonly experience a range of symptoms, including intense emotional dysregulation, impaired self-esteem, and difficulties in forming and maintaining interpersonal relationships.

Flashbacks, nightmares, and a persistent sense of emptiness are also prevalent. The condition often disrupts a person’s overall sense of identity and can lead to self-destructive behaviors.

Understanding C-PTSD requires acknowledging the cumulative impact of trauma over time and recognizing the intricate interplay of psychological, emotional, and relational factors.

Treatment typically involves a comprehensive and integrated approach, incorporating psychotherapy, medication, and peer support. Empathy and validation play crucial roles in the therapeutic process, helping individuals rebuild a sense of safety and trust.

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About the author

James Husen

Dr. James Husen is the author of A Case Study Treating Complex PTSD From his website, his experience, teaching and education Experience - Licensed Psychologist - License Number: Psy 30102 - Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - License Number: LMFT...

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