Complex PTSD, or CPTSD, is caused by repeated or ongoing trauma. It is a mental illness that can have a moderate to severe impact on someone’s life.
It can take months or even years to appear, and there is currently no course of treatment for CPTSD recommended by the NHS.
SWL spoke to five people with CPTSD about their day-to-day experiences.
None of them have received any NHS treatment for the condition.
Each is doing a different type of therapy, and has completely different symptoms and experiences.
But common threads of emotional issues, various forms of flashbacks, and relationship problems connect them all.