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Is this ptsd? Does it count? I feel like my experiences are

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Is this ptsd? Does it count? I feel like my experiences are maybe me seeking a "label"? But then what is this fear? What are flashbacks? Memories? Is remembering a mistress's face or her guinea pig a memory or a flashback? Is my mom lying unconscious a memory or a flashback? Is my anxiety at the sound of her singing a memory or flashback? Lol when i cry am i just feeling sorry for myself?

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Jun 13

@pickone that's really interesting... I guess i have a hard time understanding what "counts" as trauma and cptsd. Hopefully I can speak with a counselor soon if all goes well and sort this stuff out. Again, thank you :)

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Jun 13

@Blueberries1234 I am sorry that the above comment screwed up; it double posted, and didn’t post the passage I had referred to. This is the passage:

“Complex ptsd. General PTSD Facts:”

“Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that seriously affect the lives of individuals in many different ways. PTSD can occur after someone experiences, sees or learns about a traumatic event in which a person was exposed to (threatened) death/sexual violence and/or serious injury. Common examples of traumatic events are: (car) accident, natural disasters, sexual/physical abuse, robbery, and public humiliation. Complex PTSD is a developmental trauma disorder (DTD) that can develop after prolonged exposure to social and/or interpersonal trauma. Complex PTSD occurs in the context of entrapment, captivity or dependence. Common examples of traumatic events that lead to complex PTSD are: prolonged exposure to sexual/physical/emotional abuse, bullying, held captive, war, and extreme poverty. This makes the victim feel helpless, without any control, and can even change someone’s identity and sense of self. On this page, the differences between Complex PTSD, PTSD and Post-traumatic stress are explained in more details.“

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Jun 13

@Blueberries1234 It’s not a matter of what counts as a trauma. It’s a trauma to the individual if he or she perceives it as trauma. There are major traumas that just about everyone would consider to be trauma; such as: actual life-threatening or dangerous situations, like a fire, a robbery, abduction, rape, being in combat, a serious accident, etc... But there are perceived threats or dangers, which for one person is experienced as trauma (like seeing a snake, or a tarantula); but is not traumatic for someone else. PTSD can result from a real or perceived trauma; it’s different for each person. This is the link to the article mentioned above:

https://www.barendspsychology.com/complex-ptsd/

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