Complex PTSD

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Proven Treatments That Make Living with Complex PTSD Easier

Living with Complex PTSD can be difficult. But there is hope.

You can live a healthier, happier, and fuller life with evidence-based therapies from Headwaters.

What Is Complex PTSD?

Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD or C-PTSD) is a type of trauma that executives and individuals of high net worth often experience. This condition profoundly impacts the health of our nervous systems because our difficult memories feel like they are happening to us in the present moment.

But there is hope and healing at Headwaters. We help executives and their families deal with the challenges of CPTSD and get on the road to recovery.

While you may have heard of trauma and post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), you may not be as familiar with these terms, which are now generating more awareness in the news. With this condition, our limbic system gets flooded with stress hormones and stays stuck in fight, flight, or freeze mode.

Those with a CPTSD diagnosis find it hard to rest and heal completely. They constantly feel on edge because the emotional trauma gets physically stuck in our bodies.

This type of complex trauma is not related to a single accident like an attack or car accident but rather a series of traumas over a long time. Sometimes with CPTSD, the experiences have taken place for months or years.

Though it generally starts in childhood, CPTSD can develop from an adult traumatic onset episode or recurrent stressors, such as financial or professional responsibilities experienced by individuals in positions of influence. Our Headwaters clinical team understands situations like yours and can help you heal from CPTSD.

What Are the 17 Symptoms of Complex PTSD?

As the name implies, Complex PTSD symptoms are incredibly complex. In addition to feeling anxious most of the time, if you are living with Complex PTSD, you may also have

  1. Flashbacks
  2. Memory lapses
  3. Substance use
  4. Fear of disappointing others
  5. Low self-esteem
  6. Chronic health conditions
  7. Nightmares
  8. Depersonalization and derealization
  9. Negative self-perception and thoughts of suicide
  10. Unexplained headaches
  11. Autoimmune conditions
  12. Difficulty with emotional regulation
  13. Hyperarousal
  14. Unexplained upset stomach
  15. Sleep disturbances
  16. Interpersonal relationship challenges
  17. Avoidance (circumstances and places)

Common Complex PTSD Causes

  • Ongoing emotional abuse
  • Torture
  • Being held in captivity
  • Enmeshment or engulfment trauma
  • Sexual abuse
  • Incest
  • Ongoing physical abuse
  • Chronic neglect or abandonment
  • Medical abuse or medical trauma
  • Parentification (children taking on adult roles)
  • Human trafficking
  • Genocide campaigns
  • Living in a war zone or area of civil unrest

How to Treat Complex PTSD

At Headwaters, we use several treatment modalities to help you manage Complex PTSD triggers and symptoms, including:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Body-centered therapies
  • Private, personalized care
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
  • Controlled breathing
  • Mindfulness practices
  • Active journaling
  • Focus on healthy sleep, excellent nutrition, and adequate exercise
  • Progressive muscular relaxation
  • Massage and acupuncture upon request

When healing from Complex PTSD, it’s crucial to discover what works best for you. Headwaters offers comprehensive treatment for Complex PTSD.

What Is the CPTSD Life Expectancy?

You can reclaim peace and enjoy a long and healthy life with evidence-based therapies for CPTSD. We are here to guide you every step of the way. You are not alone.

Do I Have Complex PTSD?

If you do, we can help. People of high net worth who constantly experience the daily stress of being in positions of influence may suffer needlessly for years.

Please review the list of CPTSD symptoms above and reach out to Headwaters if you notice any similarities.

Is Complex PTSD a Disability?

Complex PTSD is a treatable mental health disorder. It often co-occurs with alcohol or substance misuse. Our Headwaters team provides comprehensive, personalized, and holistic healing for executive individuals and persons of high net worth in a private setting.

What Should I Not Say to Someone with Complex PTSD?

Never invalidate their feelings, worries, or words. Don’t try to draw comparisons with your own life. Instead, listen with empathy and help them find a qualified therapist. At Headwaters, our clinical team will listen to your concerns and answer your questions about CPTSD.

What Is the Best Medication for Complex PTSD?

Many people may not require medication to treat their CPTSD symptoms. Evidence-based therapies like those we utilize at Headwaters have shown excellent promise in helping people of influence heal.

Does Hanley provide detoxification services?
Hanley offers onsite medically supervised inpatient detoxification, which is included in our residential treatment programs.
How Long Does Complex PTSD Last?

The length of CPTSD varies, with some experiencing symptoms for months or even years without intervention or therapy. The good news is the sooner you get help, the better you will feel and the higher your chances of long-term recovery.

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Contact Headwaters

Headwaters is dedicated to helping our clients with mental health disorders achieve lifelong, sustainable, and complete recovery. We believe that sobriety is possible for everyone, especially through an evidence-based understanding of the disease of addiction and through therapies that restore mental, physical, and spiritual health.

Our Headwaters Center for Brain Recovery provides precisely the type of proven, effective, cutting-edge care that enacts real, lasting change for our clients by helping them lead healthier, more confident, and more purposeful lives.

Relief begins today. Contact an Admissions Specialist at 561.270.1753 to get started.

Address: 933 45th Street,
West Palm Beach, FL 33407

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