A disorder in which a person has difficulty recovering after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event
Complex PTSD comes from long-term trauma. You’ve been held captive physically or emotionally. Chronic or prolonged trauma includes situations like:
Comorbid PTSD is when you meet all the criteria for PTSD and exhibit symptoms of another disorder. The American Academy of Family Physicians says “…at least one additional psychiatric disorder is present in 88.3 percent of men and 79.0 percent of women who have a history of PTSD.”
They also say, “Women who have PTSD are 4.1 times as likely to develop major depression and 4.5 times as likely to develop mania as women who do not have PTSD.” Men aren’t off the hook either. Men with PTSD are 6.9 times as likely to develop depression and 10.4 times as likely to develop mania. Plus, more than half of men with PTSD have comorbid alcohol use disorder.
There are several overlapping symptoms of depression and PTSD:
Just a few of the disorders that can co-occur in people with PTSD are:
This is a new subtype of PTSD, debuted in DSM-5. To be diagnosed with dissociative PTSD, you must meet all PTSD diagnostic criteria. There are eight criteria, including:
Some of the most common symptoms of PTSD include the following: