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:
flash-backs and nightmares
severe somatic reactions
amnesia of the event
hyper-activity and vigilance
social isolation behavior
inability to relax
rage and hostility
projection into blame and guilt
Possible psychological conditions ensuing from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder:
borderline personality disorder
Possible physical conditions ensuing from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder:
chronic fatigue syndrome
lower back pain
high blood pressure
irritable bowel syndrome