CPTSD Support group

Looking for a Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Support Group? This is an online support group for people with CPTSD. It is a place where people can learn more about what CPTSD is, how it manifests itself, how to heal from it, different healing strategies and to feel supported on their healing journey. It is a place where you can find resources to help you. This support group is a place where you can share your personal stories, express emotions, and be heard in a safe and secure atmosphere of acceptance, understanding, and encouragement. By helping others, people in a support group strengthen and empower themselves.

Here is the weekly link to join:

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85348139664?pwd=Ky8zQnRhM01tZGxyTHNseWlla1lmQT09 Meeting ID: 853 4813 9664

Passcode: CPTSD

Support groups are a way for people with a common experience to help each other and learn from each other as well as provide emotional and moral support.

With this support group we hope that you:

  • feel included and supported

  • feel safe and comfortable sharing my experiences and thoughts with the group

  • feel like I am respected in the group

  • understand what's expected of group members and the the group rules and guidelines

  • learn helpful ways to cope with your concerns or support a loved one

  • being provided with good, helpful information

  • enjoy the group

  • see benefit in being part of the group

  • feel better after attending meetings

  • don't have any concerns around confidentiality

  • feel like your privacy is being respected

It's normal to feel a bit nervous going into a new group, and it may take a few meetings to feel comfortable sharing your thoughts or experiences with the group. Simply listening can also be very helpful.

This group will post links to workshops to help in the CPTSD education and healing process.

This is not a weekly group counselling session.

This is NOT a crisis line message board. When you are in crisis please access crisis resources. It is appropriate to ask if anyone knows of appropriate crisis resources to share (without expectations group member will help resolve the crisis).

What is Complex Post Traumatic Stress disorder?

Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (complex PTSD, sometimes abbreviated to c-PTSD or CPTSD) is a condition where you experience some symptoms of PTSD along with some additional symptoms, such as:

  • difficulty controlling your emotions

  • feeling very angry or distrustful towards the world

  • constant feelings of emptiness or hopelessness

  • feeling as if you are permanently damaged or worthless

  • feeling as if you are completely different to other people

  • feeling like nobody can understand what happened to you

  • avoiding friendships and relationships, or finding them very difficult

  • often experiencing dissociative symptoms such as depersonalisation or derealisation

  • physical symptoms, such as headaches, dizziness, chest pains and stomach aches

  • regular suicidal feelings.

C-PTSD is believed to be caused by repetitive abuse or neglect over a long period of time. The abuse often occurs at vulnerable times in a person's life—such as early childhood or adolescence—and can create lifelong challenges.

Traumatic stress can have a number of effects on the brain. Research suggests that trauma is associated with lasting changes in key areas of the brain including the amygdala, hippocampus, and prefrontal cortex.

 
PTSD vs. Complex PTSD

Both PTSD and C-PTSD result from the experience of something deeply traumatic and can cause flashbacks, nightmares, and insomnia. Both conditions can also make you feel intensely afraid and unsafe even though the danger has passed. However, despite these similarities, there are characteristics that differentiate C-PTSD from PTSD according to some experts.

The main difference between the two disorders is the frequency of the trauma. While PTSD is caused by a single traumatic event, C-PTSD is caused by long-lasting trauma that continues or repeats for months, even years (commonly referred to as "complex trauma".

Unlike PTSD, which can develop regardless of what age you are when the trauma occurred, C-PTSD is typically the result of childhood trauma.

When it comes to Complex PTSD, the harmful effects of oppression and racism can add layers to complex trauma experienced by individuals. This is further compounded if the justice system is involved.

The psychological and developmental impacts of complex trauma early in life are often more severe than a single traumatic experience—so different, in fact, that many experts believe that the PTSD diagnostic criteria don't adequately describe the wide-ranging, long-lasting consequences of C-PTSD.