Thursday, 14 August 2014
Lilly Hope Lucario explains 'Complex PTSD'
People often ask me what is Complex PTSD?
I describe it as; PTSD, plus a whole range of other symptoms, across a wide range of disorders, including, but not limited to;
- Major Depressive Disorder
- Attachment Disorders
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Dissociative Disorders
- Digestive Disorders
- Chronic Pain
- And more.
This disorder is caused by prolonged, repeated abuse, within a captivity situation, where there is no viable means of escape, mostly caused within childhood, domestic violence relationships, kidnapping, war, enforced prostitution, human trafficking etc.
Each person will have a different level of symptoms within these, and not all will apply - but many will.
I believe, as do experts like world renowned trauma expert John Briere - and my inspiration Pete Walker, that many who have multiple diagnoses, in fact have Complex PTSD.
Complex PTSD - is far more than PTSD. Far more difficult to manage, and cope with.
Complex PTSD, also has higher levels of suicide rates, than PTSD, and PTSD is bad enough for this.
~ Lilly Hope Lucario