The need for A NEW DIAGNOSIS

All too often, chronically traumatised people suffer in silence; but if they complain at all, their complaints are not well understood. They may collect a virtual pharmacopeia of remedies: one for headaches, another for insomnia, another for anxiety, another for depression. None of these tend to work very well, since the underlying issues of trauma are not addressed.


Judith Herman M.D. (1992)

It's not you, it's what happened to you.

Dr Christine Courtois

Horrifying events can be hard to talk about, or may be blocked out and forgotten. It may take years for the symptoms of complex PTSD to be recognised.

Complex PTSD is more severe if:

  • the traumatic events happened early in life
  • the trauma was caused by a parent or carer
  • the person experienced the trauma for a long time
  • the person was alone during the trauma
  • there is still contact with the person responsible for the trauma