Feelings of worthlessness, shame, and guilt It's hard for him to feel connected to other people. Relationship problems, such as having trouble keeping friends and partners. The symptoms of CPTSD usually include those of PTSD, plus an additional set of symptoms. Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is a mental health condition that can develop after a person experiences or witnesses something traumatic.
Symptoms may include nightmares, flashbacks, intense anxiety, and frightening, uncontrollable thoughts about the event. Symptoms may worsen and last for years, disrupting daily functioning. It's crucial to get treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder to reduce symptoms and improve your quality of life. People with post-traumatic stress disorder often have extreme feelings of fear and nervousness.
They may feel in danger and act aggressively to maintain their safety. These strong emotions can lead them to rely on harmful survival mechanisms, such as drug or alcohol abuse. The resulting anxiety and its complications can significantly affect mental and physical health and work performance. People who develop post-traumatic stress disorder after experiencing traumatic events may feel ashamed or guilty.
It's often due to thinking that they could have done things differently to change the results of the event. They may also feel the survivor's guilt, which is common for those who survive, while other people involved in the event did not. They may blame themselves and feel that they have done something wrong. Such shame and guilt can lead to depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts.
People who faced a traumatic event, such as physical or sexual assault, psychological abuse, car accident, war, or natural disaster, may experience chronic pain. Pain can serve as a reminder of the traumatic event, which can worsen symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. At Psy-Visions in New York City and in Southbury, CT, Dr. Mark Stracks is board certified in adult psychiatry.
Stracks has extensive experience treating clients with complicated medical conditions, ongoing addiction problems, chronic pain presentations, developmental difficulties, trauma, and telepsychiatry.