Most people know of post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD, which is characterised by symptoms of anxiety or depression as well as distressing flashbacks and intrusive thoughts. But have you heard of cPTSD or complex post-traumatic stress disorder? cPTSD arises in response to chronic traumatisation over a period of time. This is a diagnosis which is sometimes given to adults who had childhood trauma or abuse.
cPTSD can leave a person chronically stressed, still having nightmares or other kinds of emotional flashbacks. Many who have cPTSD will also struggle with additional symptoms such as lack of emotional regulation and disassociation.
In this video, our lovely Robin Fraser talks of EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) and how he uses it to help people reposition themselves with regards to memories of trauma. He also shares his own trauma story of being car-jacked with his family as a child.