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Default Does C-PTSD ever end?

Hi just wanting to know from people if their condition of C-PTSD ever ends? Have you got over it? What strategies do you use to cope/treat it?

I've had C-PTSD for several years now and I can't see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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I have had C-PTSD a life time. I am 51 now. It does not go away. Therapy helps with symptoms reduction and coping strategies. Recovery is relative to each individual. For me recovery looks like me not wanting to kill myself on a daily basis, not dissociating at every stressful thing, not isolating and avoiding all the time. I could list so much more.

Without therapy I would be dead. I was one of the lucky ones that found great therapist. My first one who did EMDR and IFS (a form of ego state therapy) was such a mess himself that he truly went above and beyond to help me.

c-PTSD is a matter of the heart not the brain so my new T keeps telling me although I feel trauma scars the brain.
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I don't think it ends. I just learn to manage it better so it doesn't take over my life.
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I guess that “managing it better” might be as good as it gets
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I have had C-PTSD a life time. I am 51 now. It does not go away. Therapy helps with symptoms reduction and coping strategies. Recovery is relative to each individual. For me recovery looks like me not wanting to kill myself on a daily basis, not dissociating at every stressful thing, not isolating and avoiding all the time. I could list so much more.
Yes, for me this is also the daily struggle.
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I am just coming to terms with discovering that no matter how hard I try, there will always be times when I revert back to not coping.

I have a toolbox of things to help me, 13 steps for managing flashbacks, meditation, inner child therapy and learning how to love myself. When I am at my best they allow me to manage my daily life although it does drain my energy.

Right now, I am having a hard time and trying to pick myself up, it is not easy. I have been here many times and know that I will eventually come through it. It is hard though when I feel so excluded from the world.

My brain is a mess even on a good day and I find normal social cues difficult to notice. My brain processes things slowly and then I am worried I have upset people later. I am not saying nasty things but just find it hard to notice people subtle boundaries. I would never want to upset another person but worry that I have. Cognitively I don't feel I fit into the real world. This leaves me isolated at home. Just when I feel able to get out the cycle starts again. It makes it hard for me to trust myself, so I can understand why others may not.

Stress is very difficult and that can be anything for example, the cat meowing making my head feel it will explode. I can't take any pressure and I just want to be normal.
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Thanks for your replies.

I guess I always feel I'm in a raging storm and I'm on a ship getting tossed from side to side by gigantic waves. The inner turmoil is so intense that it's debilitating. It can be hard to focus and even listening to people can be difficult. I'm either dealing with flashbacks of being sexually abused or severely bullied by family members. I have a lot of strategies but they have limited success. It's easy to fall into despair. Strategies I have tried are EMDR, mindfulness, journalling, talk therapy, regular exercise, and now trying NLP and hypnosis.

Those abusers have no idea of the damage they did to me.
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Thanks for your replies.

I guess I always feel I'm in a raging storm and I'm on a ship getting tossed from side to side by gigantic waves. The inner turmoil is so intense that it's debilitating. It can be hard to focus and even listening to people can be difficult. I'm either dealing with flashbacks of being sexually abused or severely bullied by family members. I have a lot of strategies but they have limited success. It's easy to fall into despair. Strategies I have tried are EMDR, mindfulness, journalling, talk therapy, regular exercise, and now trying NLP and hypnosis.

Those abusers have no idea of the damage they did to me.
I am truly very sorry for all you have gone through and are going through.

I live with a lot of scars, too.
Wishing you inner peace.


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Purple Heart, it helps to completely break away from people/family/toxic individuals etc. that have abused you and trigger you. I know that's not always possible, but the less contact you have the better.
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Purple Heart, it helps to completely break away from people/family/toxic individuals etc. that have abused you and trigger you. I know that's not always possible, but the less contact you have the better.
Thanks Open Eyes. It's getting to the stage of no contact as the pain is very immense going back to the beginning of life. Even as an adult I'm still abused although it is very subtle now. Its like living with a cult where you can't disagree or criticise and you can't be an individual. I've had enough! It's exhausting.
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