Mental Health Monday – Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder


The people brought children to Jesus, hoping he might touch them.
The disciples shooed them off.
But Jesus was irate and let them know it:
“Don’t push these children away.
Don’t ever get between them and me.
These children are at the very center of life in the kingdom.
Mark 10:13-16



Nearly 700,000 children are abused in the U.S annually. An estimated 683,000 children (unique incidents) were victims of abuse and neglect in 2015, the most recent year for which there is national data. In that same year an estimated 1,

670 children died from abuse and neglect in the United States.

Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD); also known as complex trauma) is a psychological disorder similar to post traumatic stress disorder ([eth_color color=”tomato”]PTSD[/eth_color]) which results from repetitive, prolonged trauma involving harm or abandonment by a caregiver or other interpersonal relationships with an uneven power dynamic. [eth_color color=”tomato”]C-PTSD[/eth_color] is associated with child abuse or neglect, intimate partner violence, kidnap victims, hostages, indentured servants, slaves, sweatshop workers, prisoners of war, concentration camp survivors, and defectors of cults or cult-like organizations. Situations involving captivity/entrapment (a situation lacking a viable escape route for the victim or a perception of such) can lead to [eth_color color=”tomato”]C-PTSD[/eth_color]-like symptoms, which include prolonged feelings of terror, worthlessness, helplessness, and deformation of one’s identity and sense of self. (Wikipedia)


Given such incredible statistics, what can be done to aid healing and wholeness for victims of [eth_color color=”tomato”]C-PTSD[/eth_color]? The following video provides some helpful insight. 




Originally posted 2017-07-17 09:00:32.

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