How to Cope with Christmas If You Have Complex PTSD

This is an excellent holiday survival guide for people with C-PTSD and PTSD.

Fighting for a Future

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The holiday season is stressful for everyone.  But for many with Complex PTSD and dissociative disorders, it can be the absolute worst time of year.  While there are often bright spots, there are unique struggles that trauma survivors undeniably face as the year comes to a close.  Whether out and about, or gathering with family, the holidays can be so loud and busy and overstimulating – in other words, a nightmare for anyone with a posttraumatic condition. But there are countless hidden things survivors can often struggle with that many may not even realize – including survivors with a different history.  Many of you will have to face family or extended family that were the source of your trauma.  Others will have to gather around unsupportive or toxic family/friends who don’t value your mental health or personal wellbeing.  For many survivors, the holidays are actual anniversaries of past trauma or violence…

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5 thoughts on “How to Cope with Christmas If You Have Complex PTSD

  1. I’d never thought of it in quite that way, but this makes a great case for why I sometimes feel that I’m on a roller-coaster of emotion at the holidays: “Others will have to gather around unsupportive or toxic family/friends who don’t value your mental health or personal wellbeing.” Although, thankfully, I’ve left some of the toxic people and their situations behind!

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