This is the best explanation I’ve read of the difference between Complex PTSD and PTSD.
Signs and Symptoms of Chronic Trauma
© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
from the Self-Health Series
One of the factors of PTSD is that some people seem to have severe cases while others do not — that some soldiers were more vulnerable to extreme trauma and stress than others.
As an explanation for some of these complications it has been suggested and researched that there is a form of PTSD that is called DESNOS [Disorders of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified]. Another term is C-PTSD or Complex-PTSD. ~ Allan Schwartz, LCSW, Ph.D
Relatively Recent Distinction & Debate
Many traumatic events that result in PTSD are of time-delimited duration — for example, short term military combat exposure, rape or other violent crimes, earthquakes and other natural disasters, fire, etc. However, some individuals experience chronic trauma that continues or repeats for months or years at a time.
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