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PTSD and cPTSD

Being a victim of a crime, or a trauma can produce overwhelming feelings within the individual who has experienced such events.

Increasingly victims of domestic abuse and sexual crimes are being diagnosed with either PTSD or cPTSD.

PTSD - Type I Trauma Single-incident trauma, e.g. a sudden and unexpected trauma, a single episode or experience of trauma. Lower risk of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder developing when compared with Type II trauma below

cPTSD - Type II trauma (Complex Trauma) this "usually involves a fundamental betrayal of trust in primary relationships" often this is inter-personal trauma, carried out by a person known to the victim. Affects as many as 1 in 7 to 1 in 10 children More often occurs in combination with other traumas or cumulatively (known as "polyvictimization") Involves a higher risk of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder developing.   

Read more on the Trauma Dissociation website