Complex Trauma and PTSD Symptoms and Conditions

Complex Trauma and PTSD Symptoms and Conditions

Complex PTSD and PTSD symptoms will become apparent mentally, emotionally and physically. Whichever way it enters the body or mind, all aspects of the human being’s psyche are involved.

Unreleased traumatic stress disrupts the nervous system and emotional balance of the person. It puts the nervous system on high alert which is accompanied by a whole list of inhibited tendencies which manifest as: anxiety, panic, hyper-activity and vigilance, inability to relax, emotional flooding, sleeplessness, rage and hostility.

Once the energy is negatively discharged through the symptoms mentioned above, the nervous system often spirals into a depressed state accompanied by the following emotions: lethargy, deadness, disconnection, exhaustion, complex syndromes, depression.

The sooner we seek help after a traumatizing event, the better it will be. If we live with the affects of trauma for too long we tend to develop coping habits and survival strategies to help regulate the high energy arousal of the nervous system. These coping, proxy habits can often as not, develop as soft options, into focal points and serious problems in their own right. When I say coping habits, think of substance abuse and addictions like: excessive medication, drugs, food, drink, sex/porn, gambling and/or shopping.

The emotional charge of trauma linked to a coping habit reinforces an unhealthy, cyclic, revolving door of intense build up and release of energy in the nervous system.

An overview of Complex PTSD and PTSD Symptoms:

avoidance behavior
flash-backs and nightmares
chronic pains
panic
emotional flooding
lethargy
exhaustion
denial
severe somatic reactions
dissociative identities
hysterical seizures
self-righteous behavior

re-enactment
amnesia of the event
emotional instability
hyper-activity and vigilance
sleeplessness
emotional deadness/numbness
complex syndromes
depersonalization
promiscuity
suicidal
disconnection
anger

substance abuse
addictions
social isolation behavior
anxiety
inability to relax
rage and hostility
depression
projection into blame and guilt
self-hatred
self-mutilation
sexual dysfunction
self-sabotage

Possible psychological conditions ensuing from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder:

depression
borderline personality disorder
suicide
bipolar disorder
manic depression
schizophrenia
anxiety disorder
eating disorder
adhd
burnout
self-enclosed

sleep disorders
antisocial
bulimia nervosa
guilt
grief
insomnia
mental illness
sadness
phobia
multiple personalities
bereavement

hypertension
helplessness
personality disorders
post-surgery syndrome
dissociative disorders
psychosis
dependent
obsessive compulsive
anger
paranoid
avoidance behavior

Possible physical conditions ensuing from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder:

anorexia
migraine headache
multiple sclerosis
chronic fatigue syndrome
chest pain
lower back pain
shoulder pain
scoliosis
auto-immune disease

fibromyalgia
chronic pain
cardiovascular disease
cystic fibrosis
cancer
heartburn
heart attack
acidity
neck pain

high blood pressure
inflammation
irritable bowel syndrome
joint pain
osteoarthritis
overweight
hysterectomy
indigestion
liver dysfunction

Dive deeper into this topic by reading

The Trauma Essential Series

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  1. Patti  January 12, 2016

    Well said, thank you. I have grown quite weary of trying to explain what this struggle is like to others.Perhaps I’m just Not very good at it. Maybe I should carry printed copies of this with me for those who care at all to understand why functioning is such a challenge for me.

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    • Melissa  January 12, 2016

      Hi Patti ♡, I’ve experienced this too, quite a bit with people seeming to not ‘get it, and seeming to not understand or relate. After spending quite some time with learning as much as I can about Developmental trauma, and what this means for me and the ways that this affects my life and relationships with other people, I have been recognizing how many people in my life seem to show so many similar symptoms as myself. I now strongly believe that people often react the way they do when faced with talk about PTSD because of their own dissociation. There could be a very real chance that these people are actually suffering from PTSD themselves, and denial is how they cope with their condition and trauma. Recognizing can be very painful, and I personally have experienced this myself- blocking out the reality can be done unconsciously ♡

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    • Roland  January 12, 2016

      Trauma is widespread among the general population and denial often shows up as disease at some point. Developmental issues certainly are staple diet for the young. That we may learn and grow through adversity and move out of blame and the past.

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  2. Monica  January 12, 2016

    Thank you for your information! My four sons & I were in a car crash nearly 11 years ago that killed my Mother. The crash was a result of a drunk driver. I did everything I could as a parent to help them but one of my sons particularly has had a difficult time & was recently diagnosed w/ PTSD & depression. This information has been helpful to me to explain to others who think that PTSD only effects people in the military. My son is 19 now & was 8 when the crash occurred.

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    • Roland  January 12, 2016

      Thank you for sharing Monica. You are a courageous mother.

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  3. Mary  January 12, 2016

    I felt the symptoms of this after having an emergency caesarian section birth with my 2nd son and he didn’t sleep through the night for 3 years . I have always thought it was PTSD since then but have not shared that view with anyone else ever as I thought I would be laughed at. I now have Ulcerative Colitis,Fibromyalgia,Osteoarthritis and have had Depression …basically I don’t do stress well and never have done …very glad to see the list of things you have on here as it helps to be able to see how things come about and promotes understanding within the self of why life can be as it is.

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    • Roland  January 12, 2016

      Unfortunately the traumatic effects of unexpected surgery or illness are not really well publicized. I have worked quite extensively and successfully with women after surgery and cesarean to help them get their life back. Get in touch.

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  4. Nuria  January 12, 2016

    Very good resume and good insights into cause-effect symptoms.

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  5. Dianne  January 12, 2016

    My trauma occurred in 1967 after forced adoption of my baby. Heavily drugged in hospital and kept in that state for 12 days. I have blocked that time but still suffer from depression and FMS/CFS.

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    • Roland  January 12, 2016

      In time I sincerely hope you will be ready to start addressing all that is locked up within the blocking out and depression. To Heal.

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  6. Emma  January 12, 2016

    I suffer from PTSD after losing my 5 month old daughter to SIDS, I have never had counselling but i am taking 40mg of citalopram and zapain to help me cope. Its life changing and real hard… real hard…. but i keep going for my 2 little boys..

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    • Roland  January 12, 2016

      You are courageous Emma. Keep going.

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  7. Jason  January 12, 2016

    I was sexually and physically abused from age 7-13. It caused me to develop a cycle of forming abusive relationships. I have been shot and stabbed as a result of poor choices. I now hurt everyday and can barely make it through the day. Therapy has been tried with no improvement. Medication has not worked. I keep having flashbacks and beginning to wonder if it is worth fighting any more.

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    • Roland  January 12, 2016

      Thanks for writing here. I know it is extremely hard when you are deep down below and the mindset you are in will color your reality. One of the first steps to take is to start creating a support group. That could be family, friends, (anonymous) group meetings, online forums or pages and a good therapist. I know this might feel counterintuitive but it works to get momentum towards recovery. It can be a long road indeed but take it little step by little step day by day.

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