About OOTS

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About OOTS
« on: September 19, 2018, 04:27:30 PM »
Out of the Storm (OOTS) is an information web site and forum for adults who developed Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (diagnosed or diagnosed) because of ongoing relational abuse/neglect as children and/or adults.  While we sue the term Complex PTSD, many of us prefer the term "Relational Traumatic Response" because it better highlights two things:  first, that others are the cause of our symptoms, and second that we are responded to that abuse in a normal manner to protect ourselves.  In short, it is not us, it's what happened to us that is key to understanding our symptoms, and how to treat them.

This site was founded in the fall of 2014 as a sister site to Out of the FOG (OOTF) for people dealing with someone with a personality disorder that many members developed Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of ongoing exposure to PD behaviour. It was apparent that a separate forum was needed so those affected could learn about the disorder and focus on recovery. The wonderful OOTF Team assisted me in starting OOTS and they continue to support OOTS with technical and financial assistance. 

As it turned out, it was not just people who had been affected by someone with a personality disorder who came to the site, but many others who joined because as children and/or as adults they suffered ongoing  relational trauma (e.g., parental addiction; sexual, physical or emotional abuse/neglect). It is the accumulation of interpersonal trauma which distinguishes Complex PTSD from PTSD (which typically involves a single incident or shorter term trauma such as a natural disaster or accident). 

OOTS is managed by a small number of volunteers who are in recovery from Complex PTSD.  Although members are "experts" in the lived experience of Complex PTSD, the content on this site should be used for informational purposes and should not replace professional therapy.

OOTS is also beginning work on prevention, raising awareness, and advocating for more and better trauma informed services and treatment worldwide.

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