cPTSD is not a mental illness (??)

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johnram

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cPTSD is not a mental illness (??)
« on: April 07, 2019, 04:31:08 PM »
I listened to a podcast with the above title recently and i really liked it, it explained, how through researching and understanding our cPTSD (and i think PTSD too), we may come to think we have depression, anxiety, other problems....

We own this stuff, but in essense it isnt us, but has become us....which differs to a lot of other mental health problems

i felt it had a lot of truth for me, as i spent years treating depression, treating addiction, treating lack of assertiveness etc etc and doing courses, and books......but now understanding trauma and cPTSD, has been a load off, and makes me feel at ease somewhat

i think i am rambling, but thought i would share to see if it made sense to others

I havent posted the link, as i forget the rules for posting such items

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Re: cPTSD is not a mental illness (??)
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2019, 09:20:08 AM »
'It isn't us' sounds about right.

Cptsd is a disorder arising from interpersonal trauma I think, so it doesn't happen without cause, and the cause is outside of us.

Needs remembering to fend off self blame.


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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2019, 01:24:59 PM »
Thank you both for sharing. It's hard to quite those inner critic. :'(

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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2019, 08:25:01 AM »
I find it hard to put the blame squarely where it belongs, too easy to blame myself as that is the narrative being put about.

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« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2019, 03:11:49 AM »
I donít think that we blame ourselves as much as it is the fact that we were conditioned to accept responsibility, oftentimes even when it is not our fault st all.

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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2019, 06:31:57 PM »
You're so right Johnram - IT ISN'T US! Shouting b/c it's such an important message for us and those we deal with - CPTSD is really all about injuries inflicted on us at the hands of others.  :yes:

You are welcome to post the link by the way.
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johnram

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Re: cPTSD is not a mental illness (??)
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2021, 01:44:36 PM »
Revisiting my old post
needed to be reminded of this just now

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« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2021, 03:20:40 PM »
So sorry to hear this John.  There's a book you might want to consider reading by Dr. Christine Courtois titled "It's Not You, It's What Happened to You". It really helped shift my thinking & feeling because she points readers back to the science behind trauma responses, and away from the personal weaknesses we and others, professionals included, think we're 'guilty' of.   

https://www.amazon.ca/Its-Not-You-What-Happened/dp/1941536557.

Good one to have on the nightstand for if/when your thoughts start getting the better of you.

I hope you're able to give yourself the kindness and compassion you deserve, certainly I'm sending some along to you.



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johnram

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Re: cPTSD is not a mental illness (??)
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2021, 08:19:28 PM »
Thank you Kizzie
i have added it to my book list - it looks like i bought it before, but i dont recall (that happens often with me - too many unread books)

If i may recommend also - i read something similar by Dr Bruce Perry - called "what happened to you".
Note it has Oprah in dialogue with Bruce but its very good re trauma, and has some great stories

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« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2021, 04:16:47 PM »
I've meant to buy that one and keep forgetting so thanks for the reminder  :thumbup:

They are both very well known so imagine the fact that survivors develop developmental trauma/CPTSD in response to our abuse/neglect got a LOT of coverage and uptake.  Let's hope so.  Survivors need to hear the message as do professionals, families, the public, etc.